The Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas is a vertical-lift bridge over the Garonne in Bordeaux, France. It was inaugurated on 16 March 2013 by President François Hollande and Alain Juppé, mayor of Bordeaux. Its main span is 110 m (361 ft) long. As of 2013, it is the longest vertical-lift bridge in pont jacques Europe. It is named in honour of pont jacques Chaban-Delmas, a former Prime Minister of France and a former mayor of Bordeaux.

Modern and elegant, highest lift bridge – Pont Jacques


An architectural feat, the pont jacques Chaban-Delmas bridge is a fine example of modern technical know-how Its graceful shape can be seen as a continuation of the quays and fits in perfectly with its surroundings. The bridge is a very successful combination of technological prowess and aesthetics. It confers a very welcome modern touch to the city’s urban development. Located between the Pont d’Aquitaine and the Pont de Pierre, this is the fifth bridge over the Garonne. 575 metres long and 77 metres high, it is the tallest lift bridge in France, and even in Europe! When night falls, the bridge is illuminated and constitutes yet another beautiful facet of the Port of the Moon, to the delight of Bordelais and photographers. The blue colour of the pylons corresponds to high tide, whereas the green indicates low tide. The bridge is not to be missed during your trip to Bordeaux. We suggest discovering it during a night-time walk along the quays. And please don’t hesitate to share your photos on social networks!

Structural statistics of Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas


Three steel road bed sections (fixed: 2 x 150m, lifting: 1 x 120m) will be made by Cimolai in Italy, close to Venice, and floated through the Mediterranean and the Atlantic to reach the Jacques  Garonne river.

  • Length of mobile, lifting section: 117 m
  • Navigable channel width: 106 m
  • Pylon height: 77 m
  • Height of raised section above water when lifted: 53 m
  • Weight of liftable section: 2,600 tonnes
  • Time to raise roadway: 11 minutes
  • Predicted number of lifts in a year: 60
  • Protective bases, that enclose the lifting mechanisms: 44m by 18m, 16.5m high, about 5,000 tonnes weight
  • First stone laid: 9 December 2009, near avenue Lucien Faure
  • Bases and protective island for pylons: to be towed into position, then sunk: June 2010 for the left bank and January 2011 for the right bank
  • Pylons to be erected, access roads, lifting mechanism: 2011 to summer 2012
  • Installation of mobile section: summer 2012
  • Works to be completed: December 31st 2012
  • Workforce: between 800 and 900. A list of all those involved is being drawn up and will slid in amongst one of the piles.
  • Designers: Egis-JMI, Lavigne & Cheron Architects, and Hardesty & Hanover
  • Thomas Lavigne is the son of Charles Lavigne who designed both the Pont de Normandie and the Pont Ile de Re.
  • Consultant engineer: Michel Virlogeux
  • Main constructor: Vinci Construction. On 17/3/2013, responsibility for running the bridge will be passed to Eiffage.
  • Overall cost: 145,8 million euro – City of Bordeaux: 94.27M €, State: 18.29M €, region: 15.24M €, département: 18M €
  • Annual maintenance budget: 0.5M

Bridge Inauguration Pont Jacques Chaban Delmas in Bordeaux!


Unable to escape! The information Bordeaux the day was summed up in four letters: BRIDGE!
Bacalan-Bastide Bridge, Bridge jacques Chaban Delmas, Toussaint Louverture Pont matter the name you give it, it has now inaugurated photographed validated, it is weighed! And soon opened to traffic! Despite the cold and uncertain weather, the event brought together tens of thousands of people came to admire on the marvelous sailboat Belem under the drawbridge! Lousy weather, not great but who cares light cameras have turned at full speed! The morning continued with the official opening by the Mayor of jacques Bordeaux Alain Juppé, President of the Urban Community of Bordeaux Vincent Feltesse, and also the presence of the President of the Republic François Hollande!

Opening of the New Bridge in Pont Jacques- Bordeaux

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Jacques bridge is 575m long: 433m of which is the main deck and 117m is the central lift span. The central section of the bridge remains in one piece, but lifts vertically up by to 110m in order to let tall ships pass underneath. The weight of the lifted part of the bridge is is around 2,600 tonnes. The Jacques  bridge is being put into place along the Garonne to connect the Bastide district of Bordeaux’s city centre near its wharves with the Bacalan district on the right bank of the city. The Jacques  bridge has been named after a former Bordeaux mayor, Jacques Chaban-Delmas. Work on the project began in September 2009, and construction has just been completed, although testing is ongoing until next month.The bridge is scheduled to open on 17 March. The project is the fifth bridge to be built across the Garonne River in the city.

A pair of pylons each side of the drawbridge sections stretch 77m high and, once opened, the bridge has a 110m clearance for ships sailing through the waterway. The pylons are supported by concrete bases which are 44m long, 18m wide and 16.5m high. Each base section weighs around 1.5 tonnes. The Jacques bridge takes 11 minutes to fully lift or lower into place, but can remain closed to traffic for up to 90 minutes in order to let larger vessels pass through.

Bridge Inauguration Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas


GETTING THERE – Pont Jacques Chaban

How to get to France by Air

Being one of the most popular destinations of Europe, France has two major international airports. One is Charles de Gaulle also known as Roissy in Paris and the other is Orly, south of Paris and almost all international flights land there. Major airlines have flights to Lyon, Nice, Marseilles, Bordeaux and Toulouse.

How to get to France by Rail

One of Europe’s most efficient rail systems is France’s Societe Nationale de Chemins de Fer, also known as the SNCF. Rather complicated though well-organized timetables will tell you with different colours, the high and low traffic periods. This helps, because the low traffic periods give you a reduction, called tarifs Decouvertes. These discounted passes and the Eurailpass are valid on most services in France except on TGVs (high-speed trains that are faster and more convenient than air travel in many cases). The Eurostar has rapid connections from London and Brussels. The Channel Tunnel or “Chunnel” as it is popularly known, is the fastest way to get to England from France.

How to get to France by Road

International bus passes are cheaper than rail passes and could offer unlimited travel, letting you board a bus whenever and wherever. This option is especially attractive for those under 26 or over 60 years of age. If you are travelling by car, Eurotunnel shuttles cars between France and England. You can drive into France from any of the neighbouring European countries.

How to get to France by Sea

There are several ferries between France and England, across the English Channel, but the most popular one is from Calais from Dover. There are several other services to England from Brittany or Normandy. The other popular routes are from Boulogne to Folkestone and Saint Malo to Weymouth. There are also connections to the Channel Islands and to Ireland (Cherbourg-Cork). One can travel to the North African coast too – Sete-Tangier, Marseille-Tunis and Marseille-Algiers. From Corsica, there is a service to Genoa in Italy.





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