The Charles-de-Gaulle Bridge is one of 37 bridges crossing the Seine in Paris (France).

It connects the 12th arrondissement, at rue Van-Gogh, to the 13th arrondissement, on the Quai d’Austerlitz.

This site is served by the Gare d’Austerlitz metro station. The bridge is named after Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), general, leader of Free France and president of the French Republic from 1959 to 1969.

The aims of this project were three in number: (1) to ease the traffic on the Pont d’Austerlitz, the most heavily trafficked bridge in the capital; (2) to connect the new Bibliothèque nationale de France (also known as the François Mitterrand Library) to the district of Bercy on the Right Bank of the Seine; and (3) to establish a direct link between the Gare de Lyon and the Gare d’Austerlitz.

A Europe-wide competition was held in 1987 to determine the best project design. At the conclusion of the competition, the concept set forth by Louis Arretche and Roman Karasinski was chosen for the bridge. The rationale for this choice was that it did not detract from the aesthetic exterior of the Viaduc d’Austerlitz, a structure further downstream, and that it discreetly preserved the existing view of the river.

The bridge has a single steel deck measuring 270 m long and 35 m wide, and the shape of which resembles an aircraft wing. It is supported by two concrete piers. Linking each pier to the deck are two conical steel frames shaped like upside-down tents.

The bridge roadway (not including footpaths and cycle lanes) is 18 m wide and carries four lanes of northeast-bound traffic from the Left Bank to the Right Bank. Two cycle lanes to the upstream side of the bridge and two footpaths, one on each side of it, permit unmotorized traffic to cross.

Next upstream: Pont de Bercy
Next downstream: Viaduc d’Austerlitz

Characteristics

Design: Girder Bridge
Total length: 207.75 m (681 ft)
Width: 31.6 m (104 ft)
Opened: 1996.

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