A61: Third lane opens (finally) on Thursday morning, but drivers will have to drive at 110 km/h

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After 4 years of work, the widening of part of the A61 to three lanes between the A61/A66 junction and the Port-Lauragais service areas will come into service this Thursday.

Say goodbye to traffic jams. Motorists traveling the A61 motorway over a 14km stretch between the A61/A66 junction and the Port-Lauragais service areas have regularly found themselves in traffic jams to this degree in recent days. This portion was in fact still 2 x 2 lanes, while the third lane, although existing, was not accessible to cars. But the studs which impeded the circulation will be removed from this Thursday morning, at 8 o’clock in the direction of Toulouse-Narbonne, and at the beginning of the afternoon in the opposite direction.

Limited speed until September

A highly anticipated commissioning as it is the culmination of a four-year project, regularly punctuated by interruptions. A few days ago, a first section of 20km between the Lézignan junction and the A61/A9 junction, in Aude, was opened in 2 x 3 lanes and officially opened with great fanfare last week.

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For this 14 km stretch, on the Haut-Garonne part of the A61, Vinci Autoroutes, manager, still had to carry out some work to get the green light for state services. It is done and the authorizations were released on Wednesday. “But the traffic will have to be done at 110 km/h, there are still some finishing works to be done. They will be done by September. In this context, some night closures will be necessary and once the works are finished, the lanes will pass at a maximum traffic speed of 130 km/h”, specifies a spokesman for Vinci Autoroutes.

In the meantime, motorists will have to slow down a bit, but they will certainly no longer have the fear of being glued bumper to bumper when there was no one in the left lane.

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