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Roman Bridge at Saint-Thibery

Roman BridgeSt-Thibery-Pont-Romain1.JPGCoordinates43.392887°N 3.432836°ECoordinates: 43.392887°N 3.432836°ECarriesVia DomitiaCrossesHérault RiverLocaleSaint-Thibéry, Hérault, FranceCharacteristicsDesignSegmental arch bridgeMaterialStoneTotal lengthCa. 150 mWidth4 mLongest span12 mNumber of spans9HistoryConstruction endReign of Augustus (30 BC–14 AD)Roman Bridge is located in France Roman BridgeRoman BridgeLocation in FranceThe Roman Bridge at Saint-Thibéry (French: Pont romain de Saint-Thibéry) was a Roman segmental arch bridge on the Via Domitia in southern France.[1] The partly surviving structure crossed the river Hérault in Saint-Thibéry, 17 km east of Béziers.[2]Construction[edit]Nearby water millThe ancient bridge had nine arches with spans of 10–12 m. The roadway rested on wide piers, which were protected on both sides by arched floodways and large cutwaters.[2] The original length of the structure is estimated as 150 m, its road width as 4 m.[2] The missing spans are known to have been destroyed by flood some time before 1536.[2]The remaining arches, with a span to rise ratio of 3.3:1 (115°) or more, show a visibly flatter profile than the semi-circular arches usually preferred by Roman engineers (180°).[1][2] The rib thickness varies between one-tenth to one-twentieth of the span, corresponding to a common ratio also observed at a number of other Roman stone bridges.[3] The structure is dated to the reign of emperor Augustus (30 BC–14 AD). Immediately upstream an old water mill and its millrace is located.[2]See also[edit]List of Roman bridgesRoman architectureRoman engineeringReferences[edit]^ Jump up to: a b O’Connor 1993, p. 171^ Jump up to: a b c d e f O’Connor 1993, pp. 98–99Jump up ^ O’Connor 1993, p. 169f.Sources[edit]O’Connor, Colin (1993), Roman Bridges, Cambridge University Press, pp. 98f. (G11), 169–171, ISBN 0-521-39326-4External links[edit] Media related to Roman Bridge (Saint-Thibéry) at Wikimedia Commonss0002566 at StructuraeTraianus – Technical investigation of Roman public works

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