Photographer's Note

The transporter bridge of Martrou is an old bridge intended to allow the passage of Charente. Brought into service in 1900, this 176 meters length bridge for 50 meters height was opened until 1967. On this date, the increasing motor vehicle traffic and the age of the bridge required an alternative to cross Charente.

A bridge (with Levante span) was thus built with a few tens of meters downstream from this one. The apron of this bridge was located at a few meters only above the water but had the capacity to rise over all its length in order to allow the passage of the boats. This operation was however relatively long and caused stoppers for the people wishing to cross Charente.

This bridge was replaced in 1991 by a viaduct located still a little downstream. There were thus a time three bridges aligned on Charente on this level, but the central bridge of 1967 was destroyed.

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