Rome’s Ponte di Ferro closes for works ahead of Jubilee 2025

Rome bridge to reopen in September 2024.

Rome’s Ponte dell’Industria, better known as Ponte di Ferro, has closed to traffic for around 14 months to allow for works to be carried out ahead of the Jubilee 2025.

The landmark bridge, which was damaged in a fire in October 2021, will be redeveloped to make it passable by city buses, and a protected walkway for pedestrians will be installed.

The €8 million project, financed with Jubilee funds, will begin on 24 July and finish in September 2024 when traffic can once again cross the bridge linking the Ostiense and Marconi districts.

The exterior of the 160-year-old structure was damaged by fire on the night of 2-3 October 2021, resulting in its closure for 70 days and causing significant traffic problems in the area.

Ponte di Ferro on 3 October 2021, the morning after the fire. Photo Nemo.


A brief history of Ponte di Ferro

The 130m-long bridge was built between 1862 and 1863 by a Belgian company to link the railway line of Civitavecchia to Roma Termini railway station.

The structural work was completed in England, with the bridge moved in sections to Rome where it was mounted.

In 1911, with the opening of the new station of Trastevere, the railway line was moved to the new Ponte S. Paolo, further upstream. 

Cover photo Nemo