Bordeaux Bridge


This 500-metre long straight railway bridge was not designed by Gustave Eiffel, but at the age of 26, he was responsible for the execution plans, ordering the supplies and directing the work. The work presented great technical difficulties, especially for the foundations, in such a wide and turbulent river. Eiffel proved to be an excellent organiser and a great leader of men. Threatened with destruction, the Bordeaux bridge was the subject of active lobbying by the Association of Descendants of Gustave Eiffel, and then by the Association Sauvons la Passerelle Eiffel, which succeeded in having the bridge classified as a Historic Monument. The fight now continues to reconvert it intelligently and sustainably.