Widening of national road 176
Doubling the lanes of the Chateaubriand bridge
CONTEXT & ISSUES
The purpose of widening this 3.5 km section to two lanes is to improve traffic flow and safety on one of Brittany’s major roads, thereby enhancing the comfort of users on a daily basis. The project involves widening the carriageways along the entire section and carrying out a number of associated improvements (creating water collection and treatment basins, installing berm and noise barriers, building access ramps and gyratory roundabouts, etc.). The main difficulty, however, lies in widening the Chateaubriand bridge, a 424 m-long arch spanning the River Rance.
As project manager, Artelia is giving its full attention to the widening of this structure, which is the most complex and technical element, both in terms of design studies and construction. This remarkable structure, which was brought into service in 1991, has left its mark on the contemporary history of arch bridges, with its large 261 m opening. Widening its deck will be a first for this type of structure in France. There are also environmental challenges, as this infrastructure crosses an exceptional site, the Rance estuary, which is part of the European Natura 2000 network. Particular care will also be taken to limit traffic disruption and the nuisance caused by the works, which are scheduled to start in 2025.