BRIDGING TWO CULTURES
Unlike other suspension bridges which are supported by two central cables embedded in the river bank, the cable-stayed pont de la Poya is held in place by a long series of inclined cables extending out from a pylon supporting the bridge deck.
Since the pont de la Poya was built, traffic congestion around Fribourg Cathedral has fallen dramatically (before a daily traffic volume of approximately of 25,000 cars). The Cathedral, a fine example of Gothic architecture, was built between 1283 and 1490.
The Poya Bridge in facts and figures:
Bridge Length: 851.6 m
Total width of the deck: 19.25 m
Average height of the deck (above the Saanen valley): 70 m
Central span of the structure: 196 m
Span of the side rope strained fields: 86 m
Height of the two pylons anchored in the ground (70 m between Sarine and roadway / 40 m above the road surface): 110 m
Height of security barrier: 2.50 m
Covered section: 160 m