It represents the fourth bridge over the Grand Canal whose project was entrusted, in 1999, by the Municipality of Venice to the architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava (for this reason commonly called Calatrava Bridge) and was inaugurated nine years later.
The bridge consists of a single arch of 81 meters (the steel part), has a length of 94 meters and a radius of 180; the surface varies from +3.20 meters at the beginning of the steps up to + 9.28 meters at the highest point.
Structurally, it consists of a central arch, two lower and two lateral; the arched part is made entirely of steel adequately treated so that it can withstand the water of the lagoon. The arches are joined by beams called "ribs" and the latter form a closed case of steel tubes and walls.
The two shoulders have the shape of a half moon and are covered with natural Istrian stone.
The parapet is made entirely of tempered glass while the flooring, to avoid slipping at the bridge crossers, is made up of parts in safety glass (tempered) and trachyte elements. The lighting starts from the bottom to go upwards creating a scenographic effect similar to a luminous path; this particular effect is also enhanced by the lights inside the brass handrail.
The so-called "gondola", a cabin in the shape of a flattened sphere, has been built for some years to guarantee disabled passengers the crossing of the bridge.