The Grand Jard footbridge is getting a makeover in Châlons-en-Champagne

It is a beautiful baby who is getting a makeover at the moment in Châlons-en-Champagne (Marne). The Grand Jard footbridge, inaugurated in 1888, is under construction until May 11th. The structure, iconic for the Chalonnais, had no not been renovated for nearly 20 years.

The city invests 350.000 euros to bring the bridge, weakened by time, up to date, while keeping his style of origin. Its ramps are also raised to follow accessibility standards for people with reduced mobility.

Work began at the end of February, with the unbolting of the structure, which was 27 meters. To avoid damaging it and to avoid additional transport costs, the city has chosen to lift it to put it right next to its original location. The construction is going on under a secure tent.

The footbridge floor has been dismantled in favor of a more modern and resistant floor © Radio France
Stéphane Maggiolini
Some parts are changed because they were rusted over time.
Some parts are changed because they were rusted over time. © Radio France
Stéphane Maggiolini
The ramps are made to accessibility standards for people with reduced mobility.
The ramps are made to accessibility standards for people with reduced mobility. © Radio France
Stéphane Maggiolini
The banks and the steps are also renovated while waiting for the return of the footbridge.
The banks and the steps are also renovated while waiting for the return of the footbridge. © Radio France
Stéphane Maggiolini
For logistical and economic reasons, the construction site is held right next to the location of the footbridge.
For logistical and economic reasons, the construction site is held right next to the location of the footbridge. © Radio France
Stéphane Maggiolini
The city offers walkers a photo exhibition on the footbridge installed in 1888.
The city offers walkers a photo exhibition on the footbridge installed in 1888. © Radio France
Stéphane Maggiolini
Model of the footbridge once its renovation is complete
Model of the footbridge once its renovation is complete © Radio France
Stéphane Maggiolini

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