The Gottéron Bridge
Scaling giddy heights.
In the 19th century, suspension bridges were also an economical solution, as stone bridges cost twice as much to build. In Fribourg, the French-born engineer and developer behind the pont de Gottéron paid for its construction. He introduced toll fees to recoup his costs.
The pont du Gottéron is a smaller version of the pont de Zähringen. When it opened in 1840, it provided an easier route to up-country Fribourg. Standing at a dizzyingly 76 metres above the ground, its construction heralded a new era of tall bridges.
On 9 May 1919, a lorry carrying 10 tons of timber, four tons over the legal limit, crashed through the pont du Gottéron, crashing into the valley below and killing the driver. The cracking sound was heard right across the city and the accident was the death knoll for suspension bridges in Fribourg.