Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bridges of Lyon, France: Pont de La Feuillee across the Saone River

September 2016 (45° 45' 59.35" N    4° 49' 45.64" E) Pont de La Feuillee
Continuing upstream we passed where the Pont Change once stood and then arrived at the Pont de La Feuillee. The central span of the 1912 bridge at this location was destroyed by the retreating German Army. It appears the original side spans were retained (or replaced in kind) while a new through steel girder structure replaced the missing arch span. The bridge is 98 m (322 ft) long with 15m (50 ft) long side spans. The new, wider bridge was designed by the engineer Mogaray in 1949. Perhaps the existing pier walls were also widened?
The name Feuillee (along the left bank of the Saone) dates back to the 18th century and means a shelter of leaves around a latrine or a place shaded by willows and poplars.
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