The Bercy Bridge is one of 37 bridges crossing the Seine in Paris (France).

It connects the 12th arrondissement (at the foot of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance and the multipurpose hall of the Paris-Bercy sports center) to the 13th arrondissement, an extension of Boulevard de Bercy and Boulevard Vincent-Auriol.

In addition to several traffic lanes, it supports a railway viaduct used by Paris metro line 6. This site is served by he Quai de la Gare metro station.

The Pont de Bercy was built at the site of another bridge, a suspension bridge opened in 1832 to replace a ferry that had become overcrowded and thus exceeded its tonnage limit. The former bridge had a toll: one sou (5 centimes) for pedestrians, 3 sous per two-wheeled cabriolet (including persons transported) and 5 sous per car with four wheels attached to two horses. Between 1863 and 1864, it was replaced by a stronger stone structure.

In 1904, the bridge was enlarged by 5.5 metres (18 feet) to support Line 6 of the Paris Métro. In 1986, the decision was made to further enlarge the bridge in order to create three additional lanes for traffic. The winning bid proposed doubling the bridge by adding extensions perfectly symmetrical to the underground viaduct. Although identical in all respects to the original, the new addition is built of reinforced concrete and covered with a stone dressing. The work started in 1989 and the bridge was opened in 1992, effectively adding 16 metres (52 feet) for a total width of 35 metres (115 feet).

Next upstream: Passerelle Simone-de-Beauvoir

Next downstream: Pont Charles-de-Gaulle

Characteristics

Design: Stone and Reinforced Concrete
Total length: 175 m (574 ft)
Width: 40 m (130 ft)
Construction start: 1863–1864; 1904; 1989–1991.

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