The Guetin canal-bridge

Published on 29 February 2008
The Guetin canal-bridge
The Guetin canal-bridge
(Photo : ASCO-TP)

The Guetin canal-bridge allows barges on the Loire lateral canal to cross the River Allier. It is located a short distance upstream of the confluence of the Allier and the Loire at the boundary between the Nièvre and Cher Départements.

A close-up of the safety railing
A close-up of the safety railing
(Photo : ASCO-TP)
  • It was built between 1832 and 1835.
  • The canal-bridge was constructed by the forced labour of 250 convicts in addition to 150 journeymen brought in from the Auvergne.
  • Today the bridge is used by between 25 and 30 boats every day, many for tourism.
  • A three lock ladder at its western end returns the boats back to the natural level of the land.
  • This structure is managed by the navigation department of the Nièvre Département Infrastruture Directorate DDE).

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