Iconic and preserved for pedestrians, this lattice truss bridge is rare not only as a deck truss variety of this truss configuration, but also for its presentation as a triple intersection Warren. Most lattice trusses in America are quadruple intersection Warrens.
One span of this bridge is slightly shorter at 126.5 feet.
The bridge appears to retain historic integrity although the inventory form shows this bridge once had a beautiful original railing that has been removed and replaced with a modern railing. Given the ample width of this bridge for pedestrian use, there would have been room to retain the original railings behind a pedestrian railing meeting modern code. In the 1990s this bridge was the centerpiece of a popular area of the city, with laser and fireworks shows in the gorge below, all which could be viewed from this bridge which was packed with people during these events. The city later canceled these events to save money, and surrounding businesses declined due to the reduction in foot traffic, so with the loss of tax dollars it is unclear how much the city actually saved with this decision. Today the bridge is more of a through route for pedestrians headed elsewhere.
The French name of this bridge is not because someone got drunk and thought they were on the wrong side of Lake Ontario, the name is due to Rochester's first sister city, Rennes, France. It is interesting to name an American lattice truss bridge to honor a French city, because some of the largest, oldest, and most unique historic bridges in France are lattice truss bridges, some of extremely long length. And while Rennes does not have any of the big examples, they do have a small lattice bridge of their own (technically this would be called a lattice girder) as shown below.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Unorganized Photos
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