France re-launches tender for Strasbourg west bypass

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France re-launches tender for Strasbourg west bypass

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The government of France has announced through a press release that it has re-launched the tender process for the A-335 western Strasbourg bypass concession.

On 13 January 13 2012, Vinci was named preferred bidder beating competition from rivals Bouygues and Eiffage. Months later, the project was cancelled due to political reasons.

Commissioned by Minister for Transport, Frédéric Cuvillier, the General Council of the Environment and Sustainable Development (CGEDD) analyzed the relevance of the project. The studies suggested that the new project should be modified leading to a smaller project and to the commitment to redevelop the A35 road.

In this context, Frédéric Cuvillier has decided to launch a notice of public tendering for the concessioning of the western bypass of Strasbourg, which allows to consider the signing of the concession contract in 2015 and commissioning in 2020.The project is estimated to cost €475 million. The deadline for submissions of bids is 14 April 2014.

The contract involves building a bypass around Strasbourg to the north and west through the Kochersberg region, linking the A4 to the A35/A352 junction. The contract will run for 55 years and cover the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a new 24km section of toll motorway.

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