While the portion of Autoroute 13 (A13) which connects the A86 to Vaucresson (Hauts-de-Seine), and the Porte de Saint-Cloud to the west of Paris, was completely closed to traffic on Friday, due to a crack, it will reopen “in the best case scenario in the middle of the week if, and only if, safety conditions are met,” said Sophie Dupas, deputy director of the Ile-de-France roads department. -France (Dirif) Monday April 22, on France Bleu Paris.

The closure of this busy section of road west of Paris led to worsening traffic jams in Ile-de-France on Monday morning – upon returning from school holidays – with a peak above the average of 370 kilometers cumulative traffic jams recorded at 8:15 a.m., according to the Sytadin website. The situation seemed to be clearing up by mid-morning, with the number of cumulative traffic jams reaching just over 180 kilometers.

At the end of the week, the closure of the highway between the Paris ring road and the A86 in both directions of traffic was announced by the Hauts-de-Seine prefecture. The measure ran “until Monday” following a “ground movement” which revealed a large crack between the viaduct and the Saint-Cloud tunnel (Hauts-de-Seine).

This crack “runs along the end of the insertion ramp and crosses the A13 towards Saint-Cloud park, with a depth of 50 cm to 80 cm depending on the location,” she said, adding that the situation was “the result of a movement on the ground, the causes of which are currently being diagnosed. It also caused cracks in a sewerage structure located 4 meters deep under the highway.

As a result of the inconvenience caused to users, the president of the region, Valérie Pécresse, asked on Sunday “the State to take charge of making the A14 free of charge to guarantee access to Paris for all during the works and to SNCF Transilien to strengthen the public transport offer in the west”, in a message published on X.

The A13 connects Paris to Caen, in Normandy, via the south of Rouen. It is particularly used by Parisians wishing to go to the Normandy coast. The Société des autoroutes du nord et de l’east de la France (Sanef) operates this motorway, except between Paris and Orgeval (Yvelines), where the manager is the French State, represented by Dirif. The authorities and the Dirif have invited motorists to use alternative routes, in particular via the A12, the N 12 and the N 118, to avoid this passage: