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Location address: France, Briare
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The aquaduct of the Canal latéral à la Loire over the Loire is a very remarkable construction. The Briare Aqueduct carries the Canal latéral à la Loire over the River Loire on its journey to the River Seine. The aqueduct was inaugurated on 16 September 1896. Till 2003 it was the longest navigable aqueduct in the World until the opening of the Magdeburg Water Bridge. The aqueduct is 662 metres long. The masonry abutments and piers were completed between 1890 and 1896 by Gustave Eiffel. It is registered historic monument in France.
A very peculiar bridge is the canal bridge over the Loire. The engineers had to find a solution in case there would be severe freezzing. This would break open the steel construction. Eight sluices make it possible to empty the aqueduct in the event of such a severe freezing.
Linked themes: Technology & engineering
The Briare aqueduct is built on fourteen piers. These piers support a single steel beam in turn supporting a steel channel which contains more than 13,000 tonnes of water, 2.2 meters deep and 6 metres wide allowing boats with a 1.8m draught to cross.