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Old January 19th, 2013, 08:14 PM   #2281
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The last stretch of the A89 motorway between Bordeaux and Lyon was officially opened today. It's the 53 km of motorway that remained to be opened to reach Lyon.



Here is a map:

[img]http://i45.************/oh5pgw.png[/img]



These 53 km of motorways cost 1.5 billion euros to build. 3 tunnels and 8 viaducts were needed, among other things.
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Le dernier tronçon de l'A89, entre Bordeaux et Lyon, inauguré en grande pompe

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19 janvier 2013


La seule ombre au tableau reste que l'A89 n'arrive précisément pas jusqu'à Lyon, les 17 derniers kilomètres reliant La Tour de Salvagny à Lyon n'ayant pu être construits faute d'un accord sur le tracé.

La seule ombre au tableau reste que l'A89 n'arrive précisément pas jusqu'à Lyon, les 17 derniers kilomètres reliant La Tour de Salvagny à Lyon n'ayant pu être construits faute d'un accord sur le tracé.

"Autoroute des Présidents", "désenclavement", "chantier pharaonique" et "prouesse technologique": samedi matin dans le tunnel de Violay (Loire), il n'y avait pas assez de superlatifs pour qualifier l'A89, première autoroute transversale en France entre Bordeaux et Lyon, dont on inaugurait le dernier tronçon.

Pas moins de trente années auront été nécessaires pour voir la réalisation de l'A89 reliant l'Atlantique à l'arc alpin et qui doit beaucoup à la volonté de deux Corréziens: Jacques Chirac, alors président de la République et François Hollande alors président du conseil général de Corrèze.

"C'est une journée historique", s'est enflammé Pierre Coppey, président de Vinci Autoroutes, à la fois concepteur, constructeur et concessionnaire de cette A89 qui joint désormais Bordeaux à la périphérie de Lyon. Soit 500 km et un peu plus de 5 heures.

"Une opération d'infrastructure exemplaire", a renchéri Frédéric Cuvillier ministre des Transports, qui a fait part de son "émotion" et de son "plaisir" d'être là pour couper le ruban de ce "chantier atypique à haute valeur technologique".

Reliant Balbigny (Loire) à La Tour de Salvagny (Rhône), ce dernier tronçon de 53 kilomètres a été inauguré samedi matin en présence de tous les élus et officiels de la région, de Gérard Collomb, président PS de l'agglomération lyonnaise, à Véronique Chaverot, la maire de Violay, 1600 habitants, dont la commune se situe juste au dessus du tunnel.

Il a nécessité à lui seul 108 ouvrages d'art, 8 viaducs, trois tunnels, soit 16 millions de m3 de terrassement pour un investissement de 1,5 milliard d'euros pour les Autoroutes du sud de la France (ASF).

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http://www.lepoint.fr/societe/le-der...1617546_23.php
Unfortunately the motorway ends abruptly a few kilometers before reaching the A6 motorway. A typical French situation. The A75 motorway linking northern and southern France through the Massif Central also ended abruptly before the A9 motorway for several years before the authorities finally connected the two.

There are now two projects to connect the A89 and the A6 motorway. The French state supports the red dotted line (see below). The local municipalities support the green dotted line. The A89 and the A6 motorways won't be linked before at least 2018, causing big traffic jams on the local roads in the area for several years (it's estimated that traffic should increase by 65% to 75% on these local roads, with 90,000 vehicles per day expected at the #33 motorway junction to enter the A6).

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Old January 19th, 2013, 10:16 PM   #2282
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The actual opening is Monday if I'm correct. This was the last large new motorway project in France for quite some time.
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Old January 20th, 2013, 01:42 AM   #2283
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This was the last large new motorway project in France for quite some time.
There is the motorway from Langres to Belfort coming.



Also the motorway from St Denis to La Possession in Réunion which will be the most spectacular in France, built in the sea.
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Old January 20th, 2013, 03:24 AM   #2284
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brisavoine, what about improvements on a Lyon-Toulouse link?
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Old January 20th, 2013, 06:29 AM   #2285
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There is the motorway from Langres to Belfort coming.
That will be a huge improvement for Paris - Zurich. When is it due to open?

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what about improvements on a Lyon-Toulouse link?
Several short 2x2 sections are currently being built. According to the French language Wikipedia, Rodez - Toulouse should be completed by December 2015. There is less information about other sections. You might find some additional information here:
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Old January 20th, 2013, 01:00 PM   #2286
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There are now two projects to connect the A89 and the A6 motorway. The French state supports the red dotted line (see below). The local municipalities support the green dotted line. The A89 and the A6 motorways won't be linked before at least 2018, causing big traffic jams on the local roads in the area for several years (it's estimated that traffic should increase by 65% to 75% on these local roads, with 90,000 vehicles per day expected at the #33 motorway junction to enter the A6).

Why is that? Does the red dotted route pass through valuable land?
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Old January 20th, 2013, 01:49 PM   #2287
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There are now two projects to connect the A89 and the A6 motorway. The French state supports the red dotted line (see below). The local municipalities support the green dotted line.
Two projects? Is it planned to build both roads, or are these only two variants?

Is the A466 only planned in combination to the green dotted line variant or is it planned anyway?

I guess that the interchange will not have connections from A466-east to A6-north. But would there be connections for A89-west to A6-south? Is there enough space to build these connections?

Do you have any information about the schedule of the A466?
Would the green dotted variant also be called A466 or A89?
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Old January 20th, 2013, 02:02 PM   #2288
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Why is that? Does the red dotted route pass through valuable land?
The national interest is more concerned about alleviating long-distance traffic on the A6 and A7. The local interest is more concerned about alleviating local urban traffic.

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Two projects? Is it planned to build both roads, or are these only two variants?
It is unlikely that both will be built anytime soon. I guess the local administration had probably been hoping that the change of government would bring about an increased willingness to fund the locally preferred variant. That sometimes happens in France. Same with changes in local governance. It could take a long while to reach agreement on funding.

My guess is that the national government will win in the end due to local pressure to alleviate the traffic mess. The local voters are much more influential in local elections than they are in national elections. The national proposal may be sub-optimal from a local perspective, but a sub-optimal solution is better than gridlock.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 03:07 AM   #2289
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That will be a huge improvement for Paris - Zurich. When is it due to open?
http://routes.wikia.com/wiki/Autorou...e_A319_(Projet)

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Old January 21st, 2013, 04:31 AM   #2290
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Has someone edited that page in the last 83 minutes? "Il n’y a pour l’instant aucun texte sur cette page."

Anyhow, what will be the number - if we're talking about the link to Switzerland, it wouldn't have a 3-digit number all the way, would it?
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This forum doesn't automatically recognize the brackets if at the end of the link, so one has to write it inside two URL tags:

http://routes.wikia.com/wiki/Autorou..._A319_(Projet)

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Anyhow, what will be the number - if we're talking about the link to Switzerland, it wouldn't have a 3-digit number all the way, would it?
I would suggest calling it the A5. It is, essentially, a continuation of the A5.
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A89 Balbigny - Lyon, opened to traffic this morning at 9.30 a.m.

http://auvergne.france3.fr/2013/01/2...on-184783.html
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This forum doesn't automatically recognize the brackets if at the end of the link, so one has to write it inside two URL tags:

http://routes.wikia.com/wiki/Autorou..._A319_(Projet)

I'm missing what you're trying to say....
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This link:

http://routes.wikia.com/wiki/Autorou...e_A319_(Projet)

And this one:

http://routes.wikia.com/wiki/Autorou..._A319_(Projet)

Are different, try to open them. If yout try to quote this message you will see why: this forum thinks that the ")" at the end of the link doesn't belong to it, so it creates a wrong link.
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Latest video of the bridge over the Oyapock River between France (French Guiana) and Brazil (State of Amapá). The video was shot about 3 weeks ago. It's still now known when the bridge will open to traffic. The access road on the French side of the bridge was completed more than a year ago, but the Brazilians are still working on the access road on their side of the bridge.

The access road you can see in the middle of the video is the one on the French side of the bridge.

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3654 fatalities in France in 2012, the lowest since record-keeping began in 1948.

Fining for not having breathalyzers should have begun in March, but is postponed. They may scrap the measure altogether.

http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-fra...historique.php
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And Flanders (according to something I saw yesterday, forget where) had half as many road fatalities in 2012 as it did in 2002.
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