Reduced speed and heavy goods vehicles prohibited on several roads

Illustration of snowfall, cold and ice on the roads, here February 10, 2021, near Rennes. Here a closed road. – C. Allain / 20 Minutes

The measures announced could be reinforced over the hours depending on the evolution of the weather. This Friday, the prefect Auvergne Rhône-Alpes decided to ban the circulation of heavy goods vehicles of more than 7.5 tons and to limit the speed of light vehicles on several axes, due to falls
of snow abundant expected from this afternoon until the middle of the night.

In the greater region, ten of the twelve departments are classified in orange vigilance by Météo-France. Snow is expected in Rhône-Alpes, up to 15 centimeters thick in the plains, and snow ice in Auvergne.

“The risk of freezing on the ground led the Prefect to activate the measures to ban the movement of heavy goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes and to limit the speed of light vehicles to 70 km / h on many roads from the Auvergne part, from the limit of the departments of the west and south-west zones, to the mountains of Lyonnais and Givors ”, indicate the services.

Motorists invited to limit their trips

These measures are in force on the A71 in the departments of Allier and Puy-de-Dôme in both directions, the RN7 in the department of Allier, south of Moulins, and in the departments of Loire and the Rhône in both directions. The RN79 in Allier, the A89, A75, A72 and RN88 are also affected. Just like the A47 between Lyon and Saint-Etienne, in both directions of traffic.

“Snowfall with amounts of up to 15 cm is also expected in the afternoon in the Lyon region and north of the Rhône Valley on the A46 and A7 motorways”, warns Vinci Autoroutes. On these axes, other traffic ban measures could be taken if the situation so requires.

Motorists are advised to be extremely careful and limit their movements. The authorities strongly recommend postponing the vacation departures scheduled for Friday.

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