New Motorway in the Montpellier area for 2017

motorway

Work has already started on a new stretch of motorway 12 km long that is to run parallel to the current A9, doubling its capacity and forming twelve lanes.

There are currently 105,000 vehicles per day, 20% of which are commercial lorries, that use the motorway and this number peaks to 160,000 per day in the summer.

This new stretch of motorway, between Baillargues, past Montpellier and onto Saint Jean de Vedas, is designed to act as a ringroad and allow traffic to bypass Montpellier reducing congestion and making it easier to access the city. This is in addition to other development projects around Montpellier, including the construction of a new train station for the high speed line being laid between Nîmes and Montpellier.

motorway map

The cost of the new autoroute, due for completion in 2017, is estimated at 642.5 million euros and will be financed by ASF (la Société des Autoroutes du sud de la France), the private owner of the motorway.

There will be 60 new structures, including a viaduct that will be 600 meters long. ASF stress that they are doing everything to protect the environment, plants and animals in the area and have plans for some 10,000 m² of acoustic protection and devices designed to eliminate the risk of pollution.

This huge investment is another example of the growing importance and increasing popularity of Languedoc-Roussillon.

motorway aerial view