Photo by Pete Carr
The restoration process has affected the course of the river itself, both banks and nearby streets. Now that the area has been freed from traffic coming from the M-30, Madrid residents and visitors to the city can once again start enjoying the Manzanares. Moreover, the project has meant removing an obstacle which has separated the districts from the centre and south-east of the city for so long. To achieve this, 17 new walkways have been built, among them the Matadero and Invernadero walkways, whose arches are decorated with mosaics by Daniel Canogar, the Puente del Principado de Andorra bridge, and the bridge designed by Dominique Perrault, which crosses over the new Arganzuela Park and links Paseo de Yeserías with Avenida del Manzanares. Some of these walkways are destined to become new landmarks in the city. Other existing pedestrian bridges have also been rehabilitated, including the Puente de Segovia bridge, which has recovered the splendour of Juan de Herrera's 16th-century design, and the old dams have been transformed into walkways.
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