The canal structures

By Richard High01 May 2009

The canal structures - key figures

  • Length: 106 km between Compi├Ęgne and Aubencheul-au-Bac
  • Surface width: 54 m
  • Water depth: 4.50 m
  • Draught: 3 m
  • Navigation rectangle: 38 m x 4 m
  • Clearance under bridges: 7 m
  • Number of locks: 7 (drops of 6.4 m to 30 m)
  • Number of aqueducts: 3, including the Somme aqueduct (1.3 km long)
  • Number of crossing structures: 59
  • Earth excavation volume: 55 million m3
  • Volume of backfill: 25 million m3
  • Volume of surplus material: 30 million m3
  • Land take: 2450 ha comprising:
    - canal: 1330 ha
    - storage reservoirs: 160 ha
    - platforms: 360 ha
    - material dumping areas: 600 ha
  • Number of multimodal platforms: 4
  • Number of cereal quays: 5
  • Number of industrial quays: 3
  • Number of boating facilities: 5
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