Pont de Recouvrance, Brest

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The Pont de Recouvrance is a vertical-lift bridge in Brest, France, across the river Penfeld. Opened on 17 July 1954, it was the largest vertical-lift bridge in Europe until the opening of the Rouen Pont Gustave-Flaubert in 2008. It links the bottom of the rue de Siam to the quartier de Recouvrance, replacing a swing bridge (the pont National) destroyed by Allied bombardment in 1944.
Each pylon is 70m high, and the 525-tonne lift span is 88m long.
The bridge was crossed by trolleybuses from its opening in 1954 until the closure of the Brest trolleybus system, in 1970.
The lift span was renovated in 2011 to allow the new tram line to cross the bridge. The tram line opened by July 2012.
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  • I saw this far from it, but this was beautiful and was in harmony with the scene. I was happy to see this.  more »
  • We walked over the bridge and there was several spots where one could stop and take pictures of the castles and other buildings of Brest. It was an easy walk over as the sidewalks were wide and you ha...  more »
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  • The bridge is very practical for the local resident as well for tourists. Crossing from Recouvrance to downtown Brest is easier. Tramway, cars, buses semi trucks and pedestrians when crossing the bridge will lead you straight to downtown. Beautiful view on the old cattle. When the wind is blowing hard you can here the bridge"sing" 😎
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