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The Pont Mathilde across the Seine in Rouen is closed for the forseeable future following a tanker fire on the road beneath the bridge. It has been seriously damaged and it is expected that repairs will take several months.

This is the bridge that carries traffic from the A28 to the A13 (ie most people travelling through Rouen). There are severe delays locally and diversions in Rouen were not well signposted at the weekend (some 2 weeks after the fire).

Best route we could determine (if travelling south) is to divert well North of Rouen and to take the A29 direction Le Havre and then the A151/150 into Rouen and cross the Seine by the Pont Flaubert, thereby avoiding the centre of Rouen. Then take the Voie Rapide Sud 3 to the A13. While this route is a little bit longer than the direct route across Pont Mathilde and on to the A28 we found that it didn't take any longer than our journeys via the Pont Mathilde prior to the bridge closure.

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12 Nov 2012, 20:55
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The Pont Mathilde across the Seine in Rouen is closed for the forseeable future following a tanker fire on the road beneath the bridge

The tanker accident (22,000 litres of diesel and 9,000 litres of petrol) was actually on the bridge. Naturally the burning liquid poured off the bridge setting fire to whatever was beneath.

http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/r ... 275407.php

http://www.citizenside.com/fr/photos/fa ... f=0/599752


We were stuck in the chaos that lunchtime.

It seems that the bridge will be closed for up to eighteen months.

Should be fun next summer.


12 Nov 2012, 21:27
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Ah...I wondered about the lunacy of closing the bridge for repair, then diverting all traffic through what appeared to be France's biggest fairground.

Seems they had little choice, then.


17 Nov 2012, 12:30
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Think I will try Pont Bretonne further East it was about 10 minutes slower if both routes were clear. Thanks for posting.


17 Nov 2012, 12:56
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The above posting should have said further West. Sorry


17 Nov 2012, 18:15
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The Pont Flaubert A151/A150 route was ok for us but we came through late on a Sunday afternoon. It is though the recommended diversion route for HGVs and very few of those are on the road on Sunday. I'm not sure what it would be like in the week so Pont de Brotonne could well be the best bet at busier times.

It would be helpful if anyone making the journey by whatever route could give an update. We're going back over in early December. We usually pass through Rouen going south late at night so no problem then but may need to come back in the evening rush hour mid week which is likely to be interesting.

Following a meeting this week there seems to be a possibility that the bridge might be opened for light traffic with contraflow on one carriageway in 3 or 4 months. The final repairs will take at least a year although the timescale will depend on the scale of the required repairs which still isn't determined.

http://www.seinemaritime.net/fr/Les-actions/Ville-/-Logement-/-Transport/Routes/Pont-Mathilde-premieres-conclusions-du-comite-d-experts

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Pressoir


19 Nov 2012, 00:33
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We crossed S to N on the Pont Guillaume le Conquérant, N138 then D938 then D928 then rejoin the big road. Starting at 7.45 on a Thursday it took about 45 mins to get from the hotel just N of the university to the big road - very slow, lots of junctions gridlocked but we chose that way because that was the side we were starting from. It was a fairly easy route to follow. Not saying it will suit others but it may help to compare times etc.

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Hi!

In the beginning it was not even considered by "Bison futé" because of the short closing time considered ( less than 2 weeks).

In the mean time, although all analyses have not been completely finished, they estimate that they can re-establish a part traffic ( one lane on each direction ) for light vehicles in 3 or 4 months.Full repair could take one year.

Reference:

http://haute-normandie.france3.fr/2012/ ... 43702.html

For locals: Those who benefit, those who are disadvantaged.

http://www.76actu.fr/pont-mathilde-malh ... res_14878/

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http://visitnormandy.wordpress.com/2012 ... und-rouen/

Suggested routes in and around Rouen are shown on the link above.

Coming on the A28 from Abbeville to Rouen, the suggested route takes the A29 in the direction of Amiens and Le Havre, then the A151 in the direction of Rouen and the A150 to the bridge Flaubert (RN 1338). From there if you are heading south to Le Mans/Bordeaux etc. you can pick up the N138/338 and either take the A13 west to Le Havre, turning south on the A28, or remaining on the N338 south.

Coming on the A13 from Paris to Caen, the suggested route is A139, RN138 /338 and then into Rouen on the A150, A151 and A29.

On the left bank quays of Rouen from East to West, traffic is allowed from the quay Cavelier de la Salle to Boulevard Béthencourt.


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I would want to be further out from Rouen than the routes proposed above. Still interested in how it goes for anybody else.


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Came South on Monday at about 4.30pm. Turned right where road closed just after the tunnel. Followed river & took 1st bridge we could. Got through with no significant delays.

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Used the diversion last Wednesday (travelling north), early afternoon and it was great without any delays. Made the error the previous Saturday when travelling south of ignoring the diversion and got held up in Rouen for about 20 mins. I would advise people follow the diversion routes as it doesn't really add anything onto the normal travel time.

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Where does the diversion take you? .....other than the obvious answer "Around Rouen!!!"


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It is shown on one of the maps with links in one of the earlier postings


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http://visitnormandy.wordpress.com/2012 ... und-rouen/

As I have said I would want to be further West and a lot further our of Rouen


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