Urban Highways in France: Unfinished Business

Les Autoroutes Urbaines En France: Une Histoire Inachevee

Urban highway construction in France seemed to be the preferred response to demands triggered by rapidly increasing automobile traffic and conurbation extensions in the 1960s. In many cases, however, such complex and costly infrastructure was not adaptable to the changing needs of local populations in the time required to build it, and drastic modifications of initial project designs would result. In most cases, construction of a metropolitan highway bypass in France has often resulted after successive completions of connecting motorway stretches using spurs and ramps, such as Lille or Toulouse. In many instances, however, these ring roads are still incomplete, as seen in Clermont-Ferrand or Saint-Etienne. Paris, Bordeaux, and Nantes are among those fortunate cities, that, in this context, were given the opportunity to build a true beltway through an entirely urban corridor. The author provides two case studies to illustrate this: the French cities of Lyon and Nice.


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  • Accession Number: 01153600
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 25 2010 11:07AM