Faidherbe Bridge is a road bridge over the Senegal River,which links the island of the city of Saint-Louis to the African mainland.
Before the construction of the current bridge, until the 19th century, access to the island was made through boats. In 1858, Louis Faidherbe the governor of Senegal inaugurated the Bouteville ; a ferry service able to transport 150 passengers but it was quickly overrun. Due to this, The Minister of Algeria and the African Colonies, approved the construction of a floating bridge, which was named Faidherbe Bridge by a decree of Napleon III of France
Opened on July 2, 1865, the bridge had a total length of 680 metres; the floating part of the bridge had a length of 350 metres and a width of 4 metres.The first bridge remained in service 32 years, until 1897, when it was dismantled.
In 1892, the governor Henri de Lamothe decided to take a loan worth five million gold francs to construct a new metallic bridge in Saint-Louis.After the construction company was selected, they all decided to construct a new metallic bridge with a section capable of turning 90 degrees to allow the passage of ships.
The metal bridge is 507.35 metres long and 10.5 metres wide, weighing 1,500 tonnes and it has eight spans, of which the longest five are 78.26 metres.
The bridge was opened on July 14 1897 and after more than 100 years since it was opened the bridge has suffered from corrosion and was in need of urgent repair. By the last month, all but one of the spans have been replaced.