Friday, 23 December 2011

New Crest Bridge built in Wood

On 11 April 2011, the French Post has issued a stamp features a famous  of the  wooden bridge, The "Pont en Bois",the longest wooden bridge in France.This bridge constructed for support the development of the timber industry, wood being a natural resource of the Crest region and develop the town northward and southward, according to demanding environmental criteria.
The bridge designed by the partnership the  Crest City and other parties (the CNDB -National committee for the development of timber, the General Council of Drôme and the Regional Council, the State and the EU),   as an open-air wooden bridge with three spans. Total width between the guard-rails is 8 metres (two 2, 75 m ways for traffic and two 1,25 m pavements.) and total span its 100 metres.The estimated budget is 1.5 million €.
This bridge constructed , remarkably integrated in the site, is more respectful of the environment, wood being the only natural and renewable material which can stock carbonic gas. Priority was given to the local wood species from the nearby Rhône-Alpes and Massif Central areas (Oak and Douglas Pine), reducing problems of transportation of materials. The embedding of the pillars respects the flow of the river, so that the bed of the river cannot be over deepened.
The people of Crest are proud of it and visitors are enthusiastic about it. The visitor can appreciate the elegance, the lightness and the technique of this wooden bridge. The "Pont en Bois" was opened on 30th June 2001 after a 10-month construction period.The "Pont en bois" was awarded by both the National Observatory of public innovation (Prix Territoria 2001) and the Ministry of The Territory and Environmental Development

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