Urgent action needed on 800 at-risk bridges in France

Ministers have admitted that “half of France’s roads need resurfacing and nearly one in 10 bridges is in a bad state”.

The ministry knew about problems before the Italian viaduct collapse that killed 43 but the disaster has brought them into stark light. This is especially so as France had a narrow escape in May when a landslide undercut the A15 Genne­villiers motorway viaduct in north-western Paris.

It happened on the day Tran­sport Minister Elisabeth Borne revealed an urgent security plan for state-maintained roads, bridges and tunnels in response to a ...

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