A13 Highway Section Between Paris and Vaucresson Closed Until May 1, 2024

The A13 highway in France has been closed since April 19, 2024, due to cracks in the ground, causing major traffic disruptions. Authorities are working to stabilize the ground and reopen the highway by May 1, but the closure's duration remains uncertain.

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A13 Highway Section Between Paris and Vaucresson Closed Until May 1, 2024

A13 Highway Section Between Paris and Vaucresson Closed Until May 1, 2024

The A13 highway section between Paris and Vaucresson in Île-de-France has been completely closed in both directions since April 19, 2024, due to the discovery of cracks in the ground between the viaduct and the Saint-Cloud tunnel. The closure, which is expected to last until at least May 1, 2024, has caused significant traffic jams as it is a heavily used route for commuters and travelers entering the capital.

The crack, which is 50-80 cm deep, runs along the end of the insertion ramp and crosses the A13 towards Saint-Cloud park. The issue is related to a retaining wall that has moved, cracking the roadway and the hydraulic structure, which requires further analysis and stabilization work before the highway can reopen.

Authorities have put in place emergency measures and have proposed alternative routes for drivers, such as the A12, N12, and N118, to avoid this section of the highway. The president of the Ile-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse, has asked the state to make the A14 free of charge and for SNCF Transilien to strengthen public transport offerings in the west to help alleviate the inconvenience caused to users.

Why this matters: The closure of this major highway section has significant implications for commuters and travelers in the Île-de-France region, as it can accommodate up to 120,000 vehicles per day. The extended closure and resulting traffic congestion highlight the importance of infrastructure maintenance and the need for contingency plans to mitigate the impact of such incidents on the public.

The Île-de-France Roads Department (DiRIF) has been working with several companies to diagnose the issue and monitor the structure and cracks continuously. Backfilling work has been carried out, and if the monitoring shows stabilization of the ground, repair work on the roadway could begin by the end of the week. However, if there is no stabilization, the A13 will remain closed beyond May 1st. "The freeway could reopen on May 1, but only if the ground is stable and work can begin this week," stated a DiRIF spokesperson.

Key Takeaways

  • A13 highway section closed since April 19, 2024 due to cracks in the ground.
  • Closure expected to last until at least May 1, 2024, causing significant traffic jams.
  • Authorities propose alternative routes and measures to alleviate inconvenience to users.
  • Crack is 50-80 cm deep, related to a retaining wall that has moved, requiring stabilization work.
  • Reopening depends on stabilization of the ground, with potential repairs starting this week.