A61: because there are still works (and traffic jams) when the three-lane widening was inaugurated last week

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Inaugurated last week, the widening of the A61 to 2×3 lanes in Villefranche-de-Lauragais is not yet a reality. And this weekend, going on vacation, motorists got caught in traffic jams on this section. Its commissioning should be effective mid-week according to the operator, Vinci Autoroutes

Last Wednesday, Pierre Coppey, deputy general manager of Vinci and president of Vinci Autoroutes went to Narbonne to inaugurate the conclusion of a long-term project, that of the 34 km widening of the A61 motorway to 2×3 lanes, between Toulouse and the Mediterranean.

After four years of work, and repeated disruptions, users thought they could put an end to the traffic jams on the two sections under construction: i.e. the 20 km between the Lézignan junction and the A61/A9 junction, in Aude and the 14 km of tracks located in Haute-Garonne, section between the A61/A66 junction and the Port-Lauragais service areas.

Only on this last section, in the direction of Toulouse-Narbonne, users of the A61 had the unpleasant surprise of being trapped in traffic jams during this weekend of departure and return from holidays, the third still unopened, a row of cones road traffic that prevents you from driving there. While traffic is fluid elsewhere, on this part, at all times of day, so it’s bumper to bumper.

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“The Vinci Autoroutes teams are working to complete the last adjustments for the opening of the third lane of the A61 in the Haute-Garonne department. They are carrying out the necessary site inspections with the state services, obtaining the ministerial resolution authorizing the opening of the remaining 14 kilometres. We are in a normal process which takes time because the State controls a large number of subjects. Before each commissioning, it checks that the works comply with the expected quality and safety levels”, justifies Vinci Autoroutes asked by La Dépêche du Midi.

And the motorway operator specifies that “exchanges with the state services continue. The teams are mobilizing for a complete commissioning in the middle of the week”. Users will therefore have to wait a little longer.

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