Building a third lane for 7 km

Following the opening of the A89 and A75, the A71 Orléans-to-Clermont-Ferrand motorway has become a major route at the hub of east-west and north-south travel.

Preventing congestion

Rising traffic volumes (between 45,000 and 60,000 vehicles a day on some sections) have led to more frequent disruption and accidents. These problems called for the widening of the A71 motorway to three lanes per carriageway along the Gerzat toll barrier/A75 section.
The north section between A710/A89 and Gerzat toll barrier was opened with its carriageways widened to three lanes on 10 July 2014. Then, on Monday, 22 December 2014, APRR opened the whole length of motorway - widened to three lanes per carriageway - between the Gerzat toll and the A75. As a result of two years of relentless hard work, motorists have been provided with more comfortable conditions and greater safety for their journeys across the Clermont-Ferrand urban area.

Project overview
  • External widening of a 7-km stretch
  • Widening of 10 civil engineering structures including 5 overpasses
  • Creation of a drainage system and rainwater treatment basins

  • Cost: €78 million
  • Funding: 100% APRR

Who does what?
  • Contracting authority: APRR
  • Operations conducted by: APRR – Major investments and development department
  • Project manager: Egis France

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