In Givet (08), the new weir entered into service

Within the overall frame of the operation of the Meuse installation at Givet, which is itself an integral part of the vast development programme for the entire Meuse basin, the aim of the Givet weir reconstruction project (started in 2006 and completed in 2008) is to make installation operation safe by replacing the needle weir, which dates back to the 19th century, with a gate weir, optimising the operating conditions of the port of Givet and improving high-water runoff.

The operation, conducted under the coordination of VNF (Voies Navigables de France) and, with an overall budget of M€ 13.950, was co-financed by the European Union (13.79%), the French state - MEEDDAT/VNF (33.92%), the Conseil Régional Champagne Ardennes (28.06%) and the Conseil Général des Ardennes (24.23%).

Reconstruction work started in October 2006. The installation was built in two phases: four gates in 2007 and the following four in 2008 to avoid disturbing the free flow of the water current.

The weir can be described by a few key figures: 165,000 m3 of displaced materials, 432 T of steel and 5,300 m3 of concrete for the construction, and 15,000T of block arrays to protect it.

This will allow the elimination of 16,000 needle movements, i.e., the manoeuvring of 200 Tonnes, each year, facilitated management of ice jams and greater reliability of the water level upstream of the reach.
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