A9 major roadworks to get underway in 4 areas

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Four areas along the A9 autoroute are scheduled for major maintenance and upgrading work, a three-year project that begins in March 2013. The main areas are: Bex, Martigny, Sion and Simplon. The stretch around Bex will involve occasional slowdowns and capping the speed at lower limits while two bridges are replaced. A […]

Local driver killed on A1 in pileup in Morges

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – A 46-year-old Swiss man who lives in the region was killed on the A1 at the Morges Ouest (west) autoroute exit, in the direction of Aubonne/Geneva, Thursday evening 24 August at 20:40. A sudden pileup as drivers braked due to roadworks caused the man, who was driving a Twingo, to crash into […]

Roadworks on A9 near Chillon, Villeneuve: anti-noise barriers going up

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Motorists are warned that anti-noise barriers will be installed on the Chillon viaduct of the A9 autoroute near Villeneuve between 27 August and early October, at times provoking additional noise and light in the roadworks area already in place. The barriers on the mountain side, taken down for the construction work now […]

And then there were 4: Gotthard road to be widened

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BERN / ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Expect miracles. The end is in sight for the long holiday delays to get through the Gotthard Tunnel, a 10 km main north-south channel for road traffic in Europe. The Swiss government announced Wednesday that it will widen the major artery, which opened in 1980, by building a second road […]

Roadworks season about to open: Zug to reduce jams, Montreux for repairs

BERN, SWITZERLAND  – The spring season for roadworks is about to open, with the Swiss federal government spending CHF2.1 billion this year on national roads, CHF1.3b of which goes for road maintenance. An additional CHF90 million is being spent to reduce traffic jams in two areas, Zoug (Blegi-Rütihof) and the Härkingen-Wiggertal stretch in eastern Switzerland […]

A1 drivers’ alert: Venne stretch changed, caution urged

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Weekend drivers heading in the direction of Valais from Lausanne on the A1 are being urged by Vaud police to use extra caution in the Blecherette-Venne area, with changes to the lanes Friday, as part of ongoing roadworks. Part, but not all, of the lane-marking work after resurfacing was done during the […]

Simplon pass to close 1 lane for roadworks on new autoroute

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Simplon pass between Switzerland and Italy is likely to be slower than usual from now until November, with one lane closed just above Brig, while an emergency lane is built. The roadworks are part of a package for the A9 autoroute to Italy. Details (Fre), Swiss Highway Department

60kph on the A9 autoroute: police random speed checks start 15 August

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The re-blacktopping of the A9 autoroute between Lausanne and Vevey, a 20-odd kilometre stretch, is being done at night but police say the lack of marking and the number of heavy work vehicles parked on the side of the road during the day is behind the 60 kph speed limit for several […]

Watch the gas pedal on the A9: 66 licenses lifted in 6 weeks

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Canton Vaud police say they have taken away 66 drivers licenses, 11 a week, since 19 May on the stretch of  A9 autoroute between Lausanne and Villeneuve, for speeding. The speed limit of 80kph is well marked in several areas to protect workers and there are signs saying the section is checked […]

Parliament votes for CHF850m to cover transport cash flow crunch

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Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Projects such as the third rail line between Vaud and Geneva, considered urgent in the region but far down the long 20-year list of Swiss transport projects, will now be able, in exceptional cases, to get advance funding. The lower house of the Swiss parliament Tuesday joined the upper house in […]