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The Montceau-les-Mines lift bridge

What a symbol!

The lift bridge is an integral part of Montceau’s town-center image. It has to be said that the sight of this imposing steel structure being lifted to allow boats to pass is not lost on walkers. In fact, Montceau boasts three lift bridges, each spanning some two hundred meters.

Lift bridge or swing bridge?

History of Montceau's bridges

The first wooden drawbridge was built here in the mid-19th century, and was replaced in 1869 by a metal swing bridge and pedestrian walkway. As the only crossing point between the town center and the mine’s offices and central workshops, the bridge was very busy at the time, particularly at shift changeover times.

Shortly after the Second World War, the swing bridge became too narrow for automobile traffic. In its place, an imposing riveted steel structure was built at the Le Creusot works, powered by a hydraulic mechanism and an overhead counterweight. This is what you can see today.

The front door

the marina

On sunny days, it’s not unusual for traffic to be interrupted several times a day to allow boats calling at the marina to pass. As you stroll along the canal, you may even catch a glimpse of the lift bridge in motion!

Two other bridges also span the canal: a second road bridge dating from the late 1970s, and a pedestrian footbridge installed during the development of the Ateliers du Jour and Équipages districts.

In the vicinity

Not to be missed