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Wednesday, December 15, 2004 - 6:30pmSanction this postReply
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While the British managed to build a footbridge that wobbled, the French have managed to build this magnificent structure, now the tallest bridge in the world. What is all the more amazing is that the bridge was privately built and owned (much like many of the toll roads in France, and unlike the Brits' wobbly bridge), cost a mere US$520m and was built on budget and on time.

In describing the unique and daring method by which it was built - with construction conducted simultaneously from each end with the two ends meeting up in the middle according to absolutely precise calculations - the BBC referred to it as a "a leap of engineering faith". Wrong again.  This was pure reason at its very greatest.




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Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 7:18amSanction this postReply
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It's a stunning beautiful bridge. Hope I'll have chance to go there some day.



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Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 7:36amSanction this postReply
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Wow! Privately funded? I had no idea. Or most tollways in France private-public partnerships, or how does the ownership work? That's really cool.



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Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 12:34pmSanction this postReply
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Well put Tim! I have followed Norman Foster's career since I was at college and it is great to see how he has not compromised like so many others. Interesting also how little U.K. governmental work has come his way. He has never sucked up to the establishment like Richard Rogers et al.  Apart from the incredible bridges by  Santiago Calatrava I cannot think of any that surpass this.
French roads are pretty good compared to U.K. but you have to pay tolls every time you use them.They also benefit from a far lower population density as far as traffic is concerned.




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