The 3rd metro line is preparing for its arrival in Toulouse. The Toulouse Aerospace Express, alias “TAE”, is to connect Colomiers to Labège. Its entry into service is scheduled for 2028. With a length of 27 km and a speed of 40 km / h, this future line will serve 21 stations, including 17 underground and four overhead. The construction of the tunnel, the viaduct or the stations should begin at the end of 2022. But before, some preparatory work is necessary. As part of the pre-project studies for the 3rd metro line, a geotechnical reconnaissance campaign was launched.
Drilling about fifty meters deep will be carried out in order to extract soil samples. The objective: to obtain precise information on the nature of the subsoil. Work to locate, relocate or strengthen underground networks will also be carried out near the future Toulouse Aerospace Express structures. On Monday, October 11, 2021, various projects started in several areas of Toulouse. Part of the François-Verdier district is thus under construction and for at least eight weeks. The rue des Cheminées and rue du Rempart Saint-Etienne, boulevard Lazare Carnot and allées Forain-François-Verdier are concerned.
Streets blocked to traffic in the city center
These sites will impact traffic. The rue des Cheminées and the rue du Rempart Saint-Etienne are effectively blocked during the day. They reopen to traffic at the end of the day. A detour route is put in place and river and pedestrian accesses are formed. In the Jean Rieux sector, rue Pradal is also under construction. It will be barred throughout the duration of the work, i.e. five weeks. A traffic diversion via rue Noulet is planned. In the Ormeau district, three weeks of work are necessary.
To allow them to run smoothly, avenue Jean Rieux is now a one-way street in the incoming direction. This is also the case for rue Raymond Corraze. A diversion and an alternat on the crossroads avenue Jean Rieux / avenue Antoine de Saint-Exupéry have been set up. The Linéo 8 bus line is maintained. But there is a deviation in both directions. The riparian accesses are preserved. Finally, work continues in the Bonnefoy sector. As a reminder, they started on May 31st. They should be over soon. A single traffic queue has been set up on rue du Faubourg Bonnefoy. At the end of these different projects, other network relocation work is normally planned.