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Old July 19th, 2016, 06:46 PM   #3421
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A7 is shut down in both directions between Montélimar and Orange due to an incident in an F1 Hotel in Bollène. A guest has holed himself up in the hotel and threatened with an explosive device. They have evacuated a 250 meter radius and the autoroute is closed to all traffic.

Traffic is being detoured via N7, which leads to intense traffic congestion. Truck traffic is being queued / stacked on A7 until the incident is resolved. FranceBleu calls the measure 'unprecedented'.

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Old July 21st, 2016, 10:29 PM   #3422
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New Route in Route du Littoral on Réunion island.
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June 2016 imagery shows the new N1 'Route du Littoral' under construction on Réunion island in the Indian Ocean. It's a € 1.6 billion project. It's planned for completion in 2018, but most of the route is not yet under construction, to me a 2018 opening seems unlikely, given the fact that they want to built 5.4 kilometers of bridges and 3.6 kilometers of causeway.
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2018 is when the overseas viaduct should be completed, but the road will open to traffic only in 2020.

Construction of the overseas viaduct started in June and will last 2 years. Starting next month, enormous trucks will transport prefabricated upper segments (called 'voussoirs') of the viaduct on the current 4-lane coastal freeway: they will close its 2 ocean-side lanes every night for 2 years starting next month so the trucks can use it.

This video shows the construction of the plant at Le Port (by the eastern dock of Réunion's seaport) in 2015 where the voussoirs are prefabricated. The viaducts will be made of 1,386 voussoirs!



The trucks will then carry the voussoirs each night from Le Port to the viaduct:



The voussoirs will rest over 50 piers, 48 of which will be sitting on the seabed. Each pier is made up of two enormous segments also prefabricated by a plant located by the eastern dock of Réunion's seaport at Le Port next to the plant making the voussoirs.

To transport the pier segments, an enormous barge built in Poland will be used. This barge left Poland on March 30 of this year and arrived in Réunion on May 18. It was christened Zourite, and started operation in June.

Arrival in Réunion on May 18:



The barge is as large as a football field. It is 55-meter high. It can carry loads as heavy as 4,650 tonnes. It took the Gdynia shipyard 16 months to build it.

This is a timelapse showing the construction of the mega-barge in Gdynia:



At its christening ceremony in Réunion in late May. The barge was due to start transporting and installing the first pier on the seabed in June. One pier will emerge from the surface of the ocean every 2 weeks during 2 years.





This little video explains how the various elements of the viaducts are manufactured, transported, and assembled, how the barge works, etc:



An amateur video from last May showing the barge at the eastern dock of Réunion's seaport with some big elements of the piers prefabricated there and waiting to be transported:



The same place last Saturday (July 16), with more views of the prefabricated parts of the piers:



This video from July 12 shows the beginning of the viaduct with the first piers already set up (2nd half of the video):



A technical article in English. Apparently the barge is mounted with the largest overhead crane in the world. French media say this barge has the biggest lifting capacity ever installed on a floating vessel in the world.

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One of the most complex aspects of the work is the construction of the 5.4km viaduct on columns rising out from the Indian Ocean. This is being built so that it will be able to withstand 144km/h hurricane winds as well as waves of up to 10m in height. The project is being carried out by French consortium Bouygues Travaux Publics, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Dodin Campenon Bernard and Demathieu Bard Construction. Once complete, this will be the most expensive road/km funded by France.

The crane fleet in use on the project comprises two Potain MD 485B M20s, two MDT 368 As, one MD 560 B, a Potain k5-50C, a Manitowoc 12000E-1 crawler crane, seven Grove all-terrain cranes and two Grove rough-terrain cranes. Installation of the Potain cranes was completed in September of 2015, including setting up and erecting the jibs. The 16 cranes were supplied by contractors Vinci Construction Grands Projets and Bouygues TP which own some of the units and Grues Levages Investissements (GLI) which also provided cranes for this high-profile project on rental contracts. GLI is Manitowoc’s official French dealer for Reunion Island, Mayotte and Mauritius and has invested heavily in supplying the cranes for this project.


A wide array of cranes is being used on road construction work

The colossal project faces many challenges as the structure is being built on a maritime site, explained Christophe Simoncelli, Manitowoc vice president of sales for Western Europe and French speaking Africa, “Manitowoc has provided exceptional crane solutions as well as a proactive approach to managing this project,” he said.

The Potain MD 485B M20 is a 20tonne capacity top-slewing tower crane, with an 80m jib. It has been fitted with a 60m boom and is working at a height of 45m. The MDT 368 A is the largest of the topless MDT range with a maximum jib length of 75m while the MD 560 B is a 25tonne capacity tower crane and can lift up to 5.4tonnes at jib end. The Potain k5-50C is a 20tonne capacity tower crane with a 60m jib length.

The Manitowoc 12000E-1 is a 110tonne capacity crawler crane and is fitted with a 70m boom. The Grove all-terrain cranes on the project include a GMK2035, a GMK3060, a GMK4080-1, a GMK 5130-2, a GMK4100L, a GMK3055 and a GMK5220 – these cranes range in lifting capacity from 35tonnes to 220tonnes. The two rough-terrain cranes on the jobsite are an RT540E and an RT760E. The RT540E comes equipped with a 9.8-31m four-section full power boom while the RT760E offers a 55tonne maximum capacity.

The project is also using the world’s largest offshore overhead travel crane. This unit has been developed and manufactured by Enerpac and has been mounted on the Zourite jack-up barge. The Enerpac Over Head Travel Crane (OHTC) comprises two pairs of lifting beams, with an overall width of 30m, and a lifting capacity of 4,800tonnes for lifting, moving and lowering the concrete blocks for the offshore highway.

The Zourite jack-up barge has been transported to Reunion Island aboard the Offshore Heavy Transport’s Hawk semi-submersible vessel. The Over Head Travel Crane (OHTC) comprises two pairs of lifting beams, with an overall width of 30m, and a lifting capacity of 4,800 tonnes for lifting, moving and lowering the concrete blocks for the offshore highway.

The Enerpac OHTC will be used on the Zourite jack-up barge. Lifting and lowering is accomplished with a reeved winch system, based on eight grooved drum winches.

Longitudinal travelling of the gantry uses a trolley arrangement comprising two trolleys per lifting beam. Each trolley is propelled with hydraulic drive motors and planetary gearboxes. The wheels run on two parallel rails bolted onto the barge’s runway beams. Side shifting of the gantry hoists in a continuous movement is achieved using long stroke cylinders.

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http://www.worldhighways.com/section...e-for-reunion/
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Old July 24th, 2016, 04:12 PM   #3423
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N52, Longwy

The Viaduc de la Chiers at Longwy. It is 584 meters long, 50 meters high and was built in 1987. It's part of the 'Luxembourg bypass' from E25 in Belgium to A31 in France, via Belgian N81 and French N52 & A30.

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Old July 27th, 2016, 11:27 AM   #3424
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A9 Montpellier

There is new satellite imagery in Google Earth of the Montpellier area, the images are dated 29 April 2016.

The new A9 will feature no new access points, but will bypass 5 interchanges in the Montpellier area.

The project is ahead of schedule and will open mid-2017. A709 signs are reportedly already installed on the old route.

These images run west to east (or south to north if you will).

1. A9 is being widened to as much as 12 lanes east and west of Montpellier.


2. The western toll gate has seen the least work so far.


3. A9 branches off the old route on the west side of Montpellier.


4. The new A9 is combined with a new high-speed rail, however it is located only 0.5 km from the existing motorway. The actual bypass route is only 10 km, but the widening extends beyond that.


5. Merge with the old route east of Montpellier.


6. The 12-lane section east of Montpellier.


7. The new toll plaza east of Montpellier. It is moved 16 km closer to the city, so through traffic can stay on the closed toll system.
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Old July 29th, 2016, 08:39 PM   #3425
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The expansion of A9 from Perpignan to Le Boulou was officially inaugurated yesterday by president Hollande.

He also announced a new 'plan de relance autoroutier' (motorway stimulus plan), at least for the Vinci operated part of the motorway network.

* widening of A10 near Orléans to 2x4 lanes (A19-A71): 16 km
* widening of A10 from Tours to Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine to 2x3 lanes: 24 km
* something about the median* between Tours and Poitiers: 70 km (earlier announced as a 2x3 widening)
* widening of A63 from Ondres to Saint-Geours de Maremne to 2x3 lanes: 27 km
* widening of A57 east of the Toulon tunnel to 2x3 lanes: 7 km
* widening of A61 from Toulouse to A66 interchange to 2x3 lanes: 12 km
* widening of A61 from Lézignan to A9 at Narbonne to 2x3 lanes: 20 km
* widening of A9 from Le Boulou to the Spanish border to 2x3 lanes: 9 km

* aménagement du terre-plein central

The A9 widening from Le Boulou to the Spanish border is estimated at € 180 million. They have to expand and strengthen 4 bridges. Hopefully Spain will widen the border section to La Jonquera as well.
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Old July 30th, 2016, 12:18 PM   #3426
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A61 between Toulouse and A66 is 2x3, and A57 after the Toulon tunnel is already 2x3, too.
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Old July 30th, 2016, 12:53 PM   #3427
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Well, not quite. A61 indeed has 2x3 from Toulouse, but they end near the rest area, there is still some 12 km to widen to 2x3 lanes before the A66 turnoff.

A57 also has 2x3 lanes after the tunnel, but only a very short section. The rest to A570 still has 2x2 lanes.
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What about widening A63 between Bordeaux and A660 interchange to 2x3 lanes? It's a major bottleneck in the summer season, and it seems it will be the last part of A-63 to be widened to 2x3...
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Old July 30th, 2016, 04:06 PM   #3429
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A16 Paris

Construction has now really started on the A16 extension north of Paris. They will upgrade a segment of N1 and build a new alignment to N104. The project length is 8 kilometers. The new A16 will open to traffic in 2019.

Project website: https://www.prolongement-a16.sanef.com

The A16-N104 interchange is called 'La Croix Verte' and is a very complex interchange.

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Well, not quite. A61 indeed has 2x3 from Toulouse, but they end near the rest area, there is still some 12 km to widen to 2x3 lanes before the A66 turnoff.
No, it's 2x3 all the way. Not sure since when though.
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Oh, sorry, I confused two rest areas. The plan is to widen A61 from A66 to the aire du Port Lauragais. Which appears as one of the nicest rest areas in France by the way.
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Talking of rest areas: Vinci provided siesta opportunities on several rest areas.







I must say this 'Black Saturday' is not nearly as bad as it used to be. There is the usual heavy traffic & delays on A7 from Lyon to Orange, several spots on A9, A10-A63 in the Bordeaux area, some more spots on A10 between Tours and Bordeaux, but other than that the network was mostly free-flowing. The northern half of France reported practically no congestion at all. Even the Greater Paris area was free-flow through much of the day.
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A61-A62 Toulouse

The entire Toulouse eastern bypass (A61-A62) will be resurfaced during the coming months. This is the toll-free segment of autoroute. The resurfacing works are done over a distance of 14 kilometers.

All paving works will be done during the night, so there is little to no delay during the day. They will close 3-4 kilometers of the motorway during 49 nights, paving 600 meters on each night. The closures are from 9 pm to 6 am. Through traffic will be detoured via A620 on the other side of the city.

The first works began on 1 August and will last through mid-October. They will first pave the sublayers of the motorway, and then apply the porous wearing course from April to June 2017.

Although the Toulouse bypass is untolled, it is operated by Vinci. I like how they try to avoid long-term lane closures and delays by working nights only. It's similar to how they work in the Netherlands.
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so during the day the whole profile of the motorway will be actualy opened? they will start and finish complete works on those 600 metres during one night?
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That's right. This segment of autoroute carries 100,000 - 130,000 vehicles per day, so they can't close lanes during the day without causing havoc on the motorway.
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nice!
there is short documentary on Youtube about similar closure on Paris Peripherique.
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Although the Toulouse bypass is untolled, it is operated by Vinci.
Toulouse's eastern Périphérique (that's its official name) is actually tolled for through traffic. When you arrive from A61 in the south or A62 in the north, you pay higher toll at the toll station to drive on the eastern Périphérique than on the western one. I've always found that annoying, especially now that they have stupidly reduced the speed on the entire Périphérique to 90 ******* km per hour day and night! They copy the anti-automobile policies developed by the Green-Socialist coalition ruling Paris. It's like a cancer spreading to all of France.

Talking of which, I don't think this has been mentioned here, but the Green-Socialist coalition ruling the City of Paris has closed indefinitely last July 15 the riverside expressway crossing the city from east to west, with total disregard for the suburban inhabitants of Paris who use it daily to transit between the various parts of Greater Paris!





The riverside expressway will not reopen when the Paris Plage hipster event ends in late August.



Even the section in tunnel will be permanently closed now.



This map shows in orange the extent of the expressway that is now permanently closed:



The Socialist Mayor of Paris pushed this to such extremes that she even blackmailed the French president: in order not to interfere with his presidential bid next year (like by supporting a more left-wing candidate who would make Hollande's reelection mathematically impossible), she obtained from Hollande a bill which will be discussed in Parliament this autumn and which will transfer this expressway from the French state to the City of Paris, so that even if (as is probable) a right-wing candidate wins the presidential election next year, he/she won't be able to restore traffic on that vital transport axis of Greater Paris.

Icing on the cake: after its victory with the riverside expressway, the Green Party of Paris (which is in charge of transportation in the Green-Socialist coalition ruling the City of Paris since 2001) is now planning to also permanently close the Périphérique (which will also be transferred to the City of Paris by the bill discussed this autumn in Parliament).







Given that with the closure of the riverside expressway the Périphérique will become utterly congested, the Green Party has already found a good argument: pollution! Let's close the Périphérique to alleviate the pollution from congestion (that we have contributed to create by closing the riverside expressway and building tons of unnecessary bus lanes on the avenues of Paris in the first place). It's called circular reasoning.



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Old August 4th, 2016, 01:09 AM   #3438
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What? Closing completely the Boulevard Périphérique? OK that Paris has another motorway ring (A86), but also the Périphérique seems a vital artery for the city.
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What? Closing completely the Boulevard Périphérique? OK that Paris has another motorway ring (A86), but also the Périphérique seems a vital artery for the city.
Both the Peripherique and A86 are very congested. Better get rid of those Greens fast before they destroy Paris.
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I think talking about closing the Boulevard Périphérique it`s a political fiction.
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