The Margaret Bridge was the second permanent span over the Danube in Budapest, connecting the southern tip of Margaret Island with Buda and the Nagykörút of Pest. Built some 25 years later, it was partly financed by crossing tolls collated from the Chain Bridge. Designed by Frenchman Ernest Gouin, by the time it opened in 1876, Budapest had become one city. The little extension off to Margaret island was later attached in 1900. On 4 November 1944, an accidental explosion destroyed the eastern section of the bridge. In 2011, renovation included the addition of new railings, decorative lights and the construction of a cycle path.