Listed by Unesco as part of a World Heritage site, the Pont du Diable footbridge, designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti and engineer Romain Ricciotti, constitutes a first for Europe. A 70 meter-long, muscular girder provides discretion and lightness, thanks to the exceptional prestressing resistance of Ductal®. Welcoming nearly 600,000 visitors every year, the gorges de l'Hérault in the south of France, reveals stunning landscape, classified sites, historical monuments, a protected biotope and a state biological reserve. At the heart of this popular tourist attraction, the Pont du Diable footbridge accommodates up to 250,000 pedestrians and cyclists every year. With these excessive numbers in mind, developing the landscape and restoring natural spaces were at the core of the grand site project's design, with hight emphasis on the organization of walking trails.
As an essential element of the development project, the Pont du Diable footbridge opened in the summer of 2008, allows pedestrians to explore the area and discover its richness at an easy pace. The structure is according to Romain Ricciotti "neither an arch, nor even a suspended footbridge, but a simple beam set on two supports: the two banks, to cross the gorge"