Since the time they looked with envy on the pristine asphalt of this new route, drivers will finally be able to walk it!
The diversion of the national 19, which allows to bypass Boissy-Saint-Léger, opens this Friday in the direction Paris-province.
It will be necessary to wait the following Friday to circulate in the opposite direction.
And there is no shortage of good reasons to take these new paths.
1. Save time
Forty-five thousand vehicles circulate every day on the national 19 between Seine-et-Marne and Val-de-Marne.
That is to say as many drivers very regularly stuck in traffic jams.
Thanks to the diversion, at least ten minutes should be saved in each direction.
The opening, in 2012, of the first phase of work had already made it possible to remove three traffic lights and four others will be able to be avoided by motorists.
2. Avoid danger
One of the big drawbacks of crossing Boissy-Saint-Léger was the accident-prone nature of the N 19. Pedestrians paid a heavy price in the accidents which multiplied in crossing the town.
Regis Charbonnier (PS), the mayor of Boissy, thought of them as a priority when he learned of the opening.
In 2019, for example, a 58-year-old man and a 4-year-old child were killed there.
The route of the deviation avoids crossing Boissy-Saint-Léger.
3. It is the fruit of 25 years of struggle by the inhabitants
Elected officials and inhabitants of the sector fought for a long time to obtain this work and especially their funding, which amounts to more than 180 million euros.
The public inquiry for this new road dates back to 1997!
"This opening date, awaited for years, constitutes a step forward for the residents and all the inhabitants of the Plateau Briard", rejoiced last month in our columns the president of the departmental council, Christian Favier (PCF).
In recent months, it was the choice of the competent police service on the new track that had further delayed the commissioning of the diversion.
4. Lower the pollution level
"The inhabitants who live in Boissy, in particular along the current national road, breathe exhaust fumes all day long", regrets Régis Charbonnier.
The passage of vehicles - in particular many heavy goods vehicles - by the deviation, will allow better breathing in Boissy.
Until now, drivers had to park and restart at traffic lights, which caused heavy pollution.
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5. Boissy town center will be able to be reborn
The departmental council has already announced that it is ready to redevelop the N 19 in the Boissy crossing.
Preparatory studies have been launched, but before seeing this imposing national road transformed into an avenue, the State must release the initially planned budget.
“Admittedly, the cost of this project exceeds 10 million euros, but it is essential to improve the living environment of the Boisséens, insisted Christian Favier again last month.
We will start as soon as the State releases the 5 million euros planned.
A DAILY GALLERY FOR CHRISTOPHE, AMBULANCER
Alfortville, Thursday April 8, 2021. Christophe Piaud and Mickaël Baumann pass daily on the N 19 at the wheel of their ambulance.
He was just waiting for that, tired of the regular closures of the national road during the work.
For Christophe Piaud, an ambulance driver who leaves every morning from Mandres-les-Roses to go to Alfortville in particular, the opening of the detour is "excellent news".
“I think I can save five to 10 minutes when it drives well, but a lot more compared to the times when we are stuck in traffic!
»Projects the 43-year-old father, who spends his life on the roads of Val-de-Marne.
But "when we take a patient for dialysis three times a week, we do not have the right to be late," insists the one who kept calling the town hall of Boissy and the Roads Department. Ile-de-France (Dirif) to find out when the national road would be closed for works, then to find out the opening date of the diversion.
"I'm afraid that the traffic jams will start further away"
At the wheel of their ambulance, Christophe Piaud and Mickaël Baumann can take up to an hour and a half to get from Mandres to Alfortville.
“In the evening, we walk around almost every day through Valenton and the Bois de Villecresnes, so much bottled up.
My mother has done the same every day for the past thirty years!
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The paramedic has heard about this deviation since he was a "kid", but does not claim victory for all that.
“Like all the inhabitants of the area, I am now afraid that the traffic jams start further away, in Grosbois, but are still there.