Located 500 metres from the Atlantic Ocean and 30 km from the mouth of the Senegal river, the Faidherbe Bridge at Saint-Louis in Senegal received a complete makeover in 2009-2010. The bridge which, was built in 1897, was falling into disrepair due to excessive corrosion.
Restoration work on the 515 metre long structure enabled the old mobile and fixed spans to be replaced with brand new identical ones manufactured in France and then shipped out to Senegal in containers.
The swing span mechanism designed to allow ships to pass through, was repaired after having been blocked for decades. Each span was rebuilt at an assembly area set up near to the bridge. The Eiffage Construction Métallique teams had just twenty-four hours to put each new piece in place.