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Passerelle (footbridge) Léopold-Sédar-Senghor crosses the River Seine in Paris, downstream of the Pont Royal and upstream of the Pont de la Concorde. Attractive and elegant (photos 1 & 2), interesting in concept (3), and with quality of detail design and construction which bears close scrutiny (3 & 5). Although the initial impression is of elegant simplicity, the work of the fabricators was far from simple, in view of the amount and variety of accurate profiling, fitting and welding required.
Access for pedestrians is at two levels. From the lower quays, steps rise up on top of the arch ribs, meeting the top deck at the crown of the arch.
The bridge was previously called Passerelle Solférino.
Built 1997-9, replacing a short-lived steel footbridge, which in turn replaced an elegant cast iron bridge.
Designer/engineer: Marc Mimram.
Fabricator: Eiffel Constructions métalliques.
Span 106m, length 140m.
See Structurae webpage.