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--Before the 1920's, there was only a ferry to cross the river Aulne between the Brest region and Le Faou on one side, and the Crozon Peninsula on the other side.

--The first PONT de TERENEZ was completed in 1925, and had a wooden roadway ! But it was destroyed during the second World War.

--In 1952, a new bridge, the one you can see on the right of the photo was opened to the traffic.
However, by the years 2000, this bridge suffered severely from "concrete cancer", and the decision was taken to build yet another bridge.

--The first curved cable stayed bridge in France (In French, "Pont à haubans en courbe") was inaugurated on April 16th 2011.
The idea of the curves was to make the access of the traffic more fluid, rather than keep the line of the old bridge nearly perpendicular with the road (see map). But it also worked as an aesthetic success.
It was designed by the architect Charles Lavigne and built by the engineer Michel Virlogeux who also built the Millau viaduct. Some people have called our breton bridge "Le petit Millau". Shorter indeed (585m instead of 2640m), but as beautiful, I think. Worth a visit !

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