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Works to save the landscape at Mont Saint Michel.
Achievements at the project’s halfway point:

• 2009 > The construction of the dam over the Couesnon, officially launched by the French Prime Minister in June 2006, is complete. This work, which is the cornerstone of the project’s hydraulic aspect, began to remove sand from around the rock in May 2009. The public service delegation for visitor parking and transport was also awarded at the start of autumn 2009.

•2010-2011 > These years saw the start of the reception work (landscaped car park, reception and service buildings) and access work for the Mont (pedestrian footbridge and causeway from 2011) enabling a completely new approach to the rock. These years also marked the start of the hydraulic developments upstream and downstream of the dam (2011-2015) which will restore the Couesnon’s hydraulic capacity to move sediment away from the rock.

•2012 > The new car park on the continent and the public transport shuttles are commissioned to bring visitors to the Mont.

•2014 > The pedestrian footbridge is open to visitors, pedestrians and shuttles, but also logistics (outside busy periods) and the Mont's permanent security services.

•2015 > More symbolically still, the operation is completed with the destruction of the causeway, which is over 100 years old (1879), which brings visitors from the continent to the Mont. The works to restore the Mont-Saint-Michel’s maritime character are then complete. It will then take a few years for a wide strand to form around the rock and for the Mont to regain its full maritime landscape for many years to come.

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