The feasibility studies for a bridge over the Garonne, north of Toulouse, depending on Saint-Jory in Merville, co-financed by the Metropolis and the Department and whose principle has been established, will be launched.
The future of the bottled ring road is played out some twenty kilometers north of Toulouse, between the municipalities of Merville, left bank of the Garonne, and Saint-Jory, right bank. In a curve of the river, the bridge project, which has been in question for decades, aims to open up the north of Toulouse but also to relieve the bypass because it will link the Toulouse-Bordeaux motorway to the new Parc des Expos and to the airport via the extension of the Milky Way and the bypass of Seilh. Today, the inhabitants have the choice only between the bridge of Gagnac, dilapidated and saturated, and that of Granada.
At the end of 2017, the Metropolis recovered ownership of its departmental roads sector. This is the case in Saint-Jory when the departmental council remains competent on the Merville side. It is up to the two communities to build the bridge and its roads. This they decided in an agreement in 2018 with equal funding for an infrastructure valued today at € 250 million and which should take around ten years.
The first step was taken on December 17th. Toulouse Métropole voted for a deliberation to ensure the project management. And the studies of possibilities decided then will be launched, assures Grégoire Carneiro. The vice-president of the Metropolis in charge of roads evokes a “consensus” with the Department on the location of the bridge and its 2X2 lane size. It remains to be seen among other things, believes the elected, if one of these two lanes will be exclusively reserved for the bus. The elected official seems confident and has just invited his counterpart from the Department, Martine Croquette, to a meeting.
But he admits that there have been “misunderstandings” on this matter which has become controversial. In a letter of December 2020 to Jean-Luc Moudenc, Georges Méric fired red balls on the Metropolis accused of dragging its feet. On July 1, the day of his re-election, he sent a second salvo.
LREM deputy of the sector, and member of the majority of Jean-Luc Moudenc, Jean-François Portarrieu still doubts the will of the Department to finance a 2X2 lane to be satisfied, as in his former studies, with a 2X1 lane . On Friday, he brought together 34 mayors to reiterate the importance of the project and request the launch of the Seilh bypass. The Department defends itself: “with the development of soft mobility, the departmental council advocates adding reserved lanes for buses and bicycles. But this remains a recommendation and is by no means a prerequisite. The choice of the project will be based on the studies to be carried out by Toulouse Métropole. “