Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bridges of Lyon: Passerelle Paul Couturier across the Saone River

September 2016 (45° 45' 26.00" N    4° 49' 35.00" E) Passerelle Paul Couturier
A few hundred yards upstream from last week's Pont Kitchener-Marchand are the few remains of the Pont Ainay (by the stairs along the Quai Fulchiron). This arch bridge was demolished by the retreating German army and never rebuilt. A few hundred yards further upstream is the Passerelle Paul Couturier (formerly called Saint-Georges), a pedestrian suspension bridge.
The Passerelle Paul Couturier was built in 1853, destroyed by the Germans in 1944, and rebuilt to match the original bridge after the war. The little deck is supported by oddly-shaped, pinned pylons on little stone arch side spans. The main span is 87m (286 ft) long.
The bridge was named after Paul Couturier, a Lyon priest who worked to improve communication between different religions. At one end of the bridge is the Church of Saint George and at the other end is the Grande Synagogue of Lyon.
When I visited the bridge in September of 2016 it was closed for repairs. However, when I looked in Structurae they referred to an article in Bridge Design and Engineering that showed a complete rehabilitation for the bridge (by Freyssinet in 1999). Therefore, I would assume that the bridge is currently getting minor repairs or just being repainted.
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