The Pont Charles-de-Gaulle is a steel-reinforced concrete girder bridge straddling the river Seine in the eastern part of Paris. It is a one-way bridge carrying road traffic from the 13th arrondissement to the 12th arrondissement. Another one-way bridge further downstream, Pont d'Austerlitz, carries traffic in the opposite direction.
In 1986, the Council of Paris decided to construct a new bridge between the Pont de Bercy and the Pont d'Austerlitz in southeast Paris, to imitate the design of the Pont d'Austerlitz. The aims of this project were three in number: to ease the traffic on the Pont d'Austerlitz, the most heavily trafficked bridge in the capital; to connect the new Bibliothèque nationale de France to the district of Bercy on the Right Bank of the Seine; and to establish a direct link between the Gare de Lyon and the Gare d'Austerlitz.
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