La Passerelle entre Bourg de Péage et Romans
Inaugurated in 2011, this 150-meter, 3.50-meter-high footbridge spans the Isère River, and is reserved for pedestrians and cyclists. It is made up of 85 tonnes of structural steel.
It is also part of the Voie Verte - Vallée de l'Isère cycle route, which links the Drôme and Haute-Savoie regions along the river.
In addition to pedestrians, non-motorized two-wheelers are now allowed to cross the road.
If this footbridge had existed a few centuries earlier, it would bear witness to the river's extensive navigation. For centuries, the Isère was a major traffic route in the Dauphiné.
From Montmélian to the Rhône, boats sailed downstream carrying building materials, ores, agricultural produce, wine and more. They were hauled back up loaded with salt, sugar or wheat, pulled by oxen along a towpath that is no more and no less than the path you're standing on right now. While the trip from Grenoble to Valence took around ten hours, it took 10 to 12 days in the opposite direction.
Competing with improved roads and the arrival of the railroads in 1864, boats gradually disappeared from the mid-19th century onwards. The construction of hydroelectric dams on the Isère, around 1930, made continuous navigation impossible.