d¹Orléans, over the Loire River, links the communities of Saint-Jean de la
Ruelle at the north and Saint-Pryvé Saint-Mesmin at the south.
design refers in a symbolic way to the Pont Royal (Pont George V). The two
fortress towers that flank each end of the historic bridge reaffirms the
Pont George V as an element that structures the city.
contemporary way, this composition is reinterpreted in Calatrava¹s Pont
d¹Orléans. The symmetrical piers, cut as modern bastions, create a new
gateway for the city. The inclination of the arch stresses the dynamic
image of the bridge, again signifying the entrance of the city.
bridge structure employs a suspended inclined arch standing on clear
concrete pylons. The transverse section of the deck steps up, allowing
pedestrians to enjoy an overview of the city and the Loire embankments from
the higher pavement.
environmental impact of the pylons on the riverbed is reduced to the
minimum, not only to accommodate for the instability of the soil, but also
to preserve the natural flow of the Loire bed and its ability to form a
reflection. The concrete pylons and their mirror image in the water create
the form of an elongated oval.
deck is composed of three sections, of 88.2 meters (289 feet),
(661 feet), and 88.2 meters (289 feet), making a total length of 378 meters
section is suspended from the decentralized inclined arch by means of a
double series of 28 hangers. With the buttresses at the lower embankment of
the Loire, which are made of pre-stressed clear concrete, the bridge has an
overall length of 470.6 meters (1,544 feet).