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The government of France has launched the tender involving the concession contract for the development of the RN 79 Centre-Europe Atlantic road PPP project.
The project involves the widening of the project into 4 lanes fo circulation (2 for each direction) in the existing section of the RN 79 between the Grand Champ road in Sazeret (Allier) and the Digoin interchange (Saône-et-Loire ). This comprises the widening of a 89-km road section and the operation of the project once completed. The project will also include the implementation of rest and service areas along the road section.
The road project will also be equipped with 12 interchanges. According to sources, later on, it will be specified whether the removal of the Toulon-sur-Allier interchange and the completion of a new complete interchange are included or not.
The total investment for the project is expected to reach around €420 million (US$456 million) excluding taxes. Construction works are planned to commence in 2019, and the project is scheduled to be completed by 2021.
The Centre-Europe Atlantic road is know to be the deadliest road of France. This project is expected to improve road safety as well as traffic conditions in the road section.
Interested bidders must submit their proposals on or before June 6, 2017.
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