The great project
Restoring the Mont Saint Michel's maritime character
Threatened by the rise of sand which has gradually invaded the bay, the Mont Saint Michel is part of a major national ecological project.
The aim of these huge restoration works (2010 to 2015) is to restore the maritime character of the Mont Saint Michel and to preserve the ecosystem in this precious area.
The project revolves around four main actions :
- Reactivate and strengthen the flushing system to flush the sediment through a dam. It has valves that work in both directions to bring out the waves and tides.
- Replace the causeway built in the late nineteenth century by a footbridge which will restore the water circulation and tides of the Couesnon around Mont-Saint-Michel to accelerate the process of dredging.
- Move the car parks around the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel to the mainland as they were obstructing the work of nature whilst making the area around the Mount more attractive.
- Develop a shuttle system between Mont-Saint-Michel and the mainland to welcome visitors and offer better conditions and more comfort.
The Mont Saint Michel is open to the public throughout these major works.