VISNEWS filmed July 1 at Tancarville, France, as Europe's biggest suspension bridge - slung across the Seine Estuary near Le Havre was tested prior to its opening July 11.
MLV. Lorries moving along bridge.
MLV. Steam roller on bridge.
MLV. Follow shot of lorry on move.
MLV. Lorry coming to halt.
MV. Group of technicians standing by.
LV. Parked lorries.
CV. Technician working (on testing) equipment.
MLV. Bridge stanchion.
MV. Technicians with gear.
LV. Elevated shot - looking down on bridge with lorries.
MLV. Looking at bridge roadway with lorries.
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Background: VISNEWS filmed July 1 at Tancarville, France, as Europe's biggest suspension bridge - slung across the Seine Estuary near Le Havre was tested prior to its opening July 11. Fifty-four lorries, totalling 1000 tons, were parked all day on the bridge to determine its durability. Specialists were on the spot to record distortion and effects of heat.
Work on the bridge - 50 metres from the water, and 1,000 metres' long - built to provide a quick link between France's industrial North and agricultural South - began March 1956. Amount of cable used is almost twice the length of the world's diameter. The two stanchions, from which the bridge is slung, are almost twice the height of Notre Dame Cathedral.