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Pont Charles de Gaulle

Pont Charles de Gaulle

For the past ten years, the South-East of Paris, between the Pont de Bercy (Bercy Bridge) and Pont d'Austerlitz (Austerlitz Bridge) has seen profound changes. Extensive work has already been carried out (Palais Omnisports de Bercy (Bercy Omnisport Stadium), Ministre des Finances (Finance Ministry), Parc de Bercy (Bercy Park), Bibliothque de France (National Library) etc.In 1986, the Conseil de Paris (Paris Council) decided to build a new bridge, to work in parallel with the Pont d'Austerlitz (Austerlitz Bridge), the busiest in the capital, so as to provide an improved link between Bercy and the Left Bank of Paris and between Lyon and Austerlitz stations.

The new bridge, situated between the Pont d'Austerlitz (Austerlitz Bridge) and the Pont de Bercy (Bercy Bridge), which are approximately one kilometre apart, is located in the continuation of the rue Van Gogh and in the subways under the square of the Gare de Lyon (Lyon Station).

On completion of a European competition launched in 1987, the selected project was the one proposed by the architects Louis Arretche and Roman Karasinski; it is charaterised by its discrete nature and a willingness to respect the lie of the river, and not to adversely affect the appearance of the Austerlitz viaduct, about 150 metres away. The structure is made of steel decking designed like a plane wing, placed on steel pipe whorls on 2 piers with three continuous spans of 68, 84 and 55 metres. Work began in 1993 and was completed in the summer of 1996.

Built between 1993 and 1996.


Louis Arretche and Roman Karasinski.

Construction date

1993 1996

Total length

207.75 m.

Effective width

31.60 m.

Construction principles


18 m. 2 pavements, each of 5 m. 2 separators, each of 1.80 m.

Continuous metal girder bridge with three spans of 68, 84 and 55 m.

Decking push towed into place and made up of two lateral bearing caissons linked by a bearing plate.

The upper plate is made of spanwise prestressed concrete.

The surface is made of plates curved in the shape of an aircraft wing.

Concrete piers have been cast in cofferdams and topped by "whorls" made of fifteen steel bars in the shape of a truncated cone.

The outer section is shaped to fit the intrados by fifteen flat jacks.


quai d'Austerlitz
quai de la Rape
75012 Paris

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