My favorite bridge in town (14th Street, Mayo’s Bridge) that parallels the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris on many levels. The first is a smaller bridge over the Manchester Canal.
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Like most bridges of its time, The Pont Neuf is constructed as a series of many short arch bridges, following Roman precedents. It was the first stone bridge in Paris not to support houses in addition to a thoroughfare.
Le pont Neuf
The Pont Neuf (French for “New Bridge”) is the oldest standing bridge across the river Seine in Paris, France. Its name, which was given to distinguish it from older bridges that were lined on both sides with houses, has remained. Standing by the western point of the Île de la Cité, the island in the middle of the river that was the heart of medieval Paris, it connects the Rive Gauche of Paris with the Rive Droite.
The bridge is composed of two separate spans, one of five arches joining the left bank to the Île de la Cité, another of seven joining the island to the right bank. Old engraved maps of Paris show how, when the bridge was built, it just grazed the downstream tip of the Île de la Cité; since then, the natural sandbar building of a mid-river island, aided by stone-faced embankments called quais, has extended the island. Today the island is the Square du Vert-Galant, a park named in honour of Henry IV, nicknamed the “Green Gallant.”
All through the 18th century, the Pont Neuf was the center of Paris, lively with both crime and commerce: In 1862, Édouard Fournier traced its history in his lively two-volume Histoire du Pont-Neuf. He describes how, even before it was completed (in 1607), gangs hid out in and around it and robbed and murdered people. It remained a dangerous place even as it became busier. For a long time, the bridge even had its own gallows.
This did not prevent people from congregating there, drawn by various stands and street performers (acrobats, fire-eaters, musicians, etc.) Charlatans and quacks of various sorts were also common, as well as the hustlers (shell-game hucksters, etc.) and pickpockets often found in crowds – not to mention a lively trade in prostitution. Among the many businesses which, however unofficially, set up there were several famous tooth pullers.
December 31, 2013 at 11:58 pm
Mayo Bridge (also known as Richmond’s 14th St. Bridge) is located in Richmond, Virginia. A four lane structure, it transports U.S. Route 360 across the James River. Signage identifies the bridge as “Mayo’s Bridge.”
The bridge is actually in two sections, separated near the middle by Mayo Island. The total length is 1,374 feet (north and south sections combined). The current structure was built in 1913 and accommodated heavy streetcar traffic. It is Richmond’s oldest highway bridge across the James River.
It was built on the site of the city’s first bridge completed in 1788 by John Mayo Jr., the grandson of the man who first laid out Richmond’s grid pattern.
Rising just 30 feet above the water line, the Mayo Bridge is currently Richmond’s only bridge subject to flooding. Large floodgates in Richmond’s Flood wall protect the surrounding areas on each side during James River Flooding. Due to the closeness to the river surface, the sidewalks on either side of the Mayo Bridge have become popular fishing locations.
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