The new cycle path suspended from the Pont Adolphe in Luxembourg City, currently under construction, is seen during a press visit on 17 July 2017. It will open to the public on 17 September 2017.
Photo: Maison Moderne
The wait is almost over for cyclists in Luxembourg City.
The brand-new suspension bridge under Pont Adolphe is scheduled to open on 17 September--the same day as a city-wide car-free day on main streets.
The idea began a few years ago before renovations on the bridge began. François Bausch, the Green party minister of sustainable development and infrastructure, wanted to promote cycling in the capital.
Previously, there had been no separate bike path on Pont Adolphe, and it didn’t look like it would be possible to widen the bridge. Bausch, however, was determined to find a solution.
Studies were done to see if it would be plausible to build a special bridge below the original bridge, said the spokeswoman for the infrastructure ministry, Dany Frank. A suspended bridge seemed like a unique way to give cyclists their own path while offering great views of the Petrusse Valley, she stated.
The cost of the suspension bridge was valued at €7m and was integrated into the total budget of €65m for the overall renovations.
The suspension bridge hangs beneath Pont Adolphe; it’s the first of its kind in the world. It’s 154 meters long and can support up to 500 kilograms per meter.
The bridge was initially meant to be exclusively for cyclists, but it was later decided that pedestrians should get to enjoy the views, too.