— Published 10 August 2022

A footbridge to the sites

Less than two years before the Paris 2024 Games, work is accelerating in the Ile-de-France region. AFP reveals that a pedestrian bridge linking the future Olympic aquatic centre and the Stade de France was being installed on Tuesday 9 August in the commune of Saint-Denis. The manoeuvre required a partial closure of the A1 motorway for 54 hours. The footbridge was first assembled next to the future aquatic centre, then moved and rotated in the morning, before being positioned perpendicular to the A1. According to a spokesman for Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France, the company in charge of the work, the structure is 70 metres long, 20 metres wide and weighs 900 tonnes. It will be open to the public in the summer of 2023, one year before the Paris 2024 Games. After the Paralympics, it will be greened and reduced to 12 metres wide. It is estimated that around 15% of the spectators who will visit the Stade de France or the aquatic centre during the competitions will use the new footbridge, i.e. a flow of around 20,000 people per day.