A taste of summer. This is probably what many motorists will say to themselves stuck in traffic for this beautiful extended Ascension weekend. And if you were thinking of leaving today to avoid the probable traffic jams of tomorrow, know that you will not be not alone on the road. Indeed, the motorway manager Vinci Autoroutes foresees major disruptions to the motorway network from 1 p.m. today. >> In the direction of departures: “extremely busy” traffic today and tomorrow in the Rhône Valley Motorways, traffic will be “extremely busy”, in particular in the node of the motorway axis, between Valence and Montélimar, and this, from this Wednesday around 1 p.m., with traffic most certainly saturated. Since 3 p.m., the first slowdowns are observed. On the A7, it takes nearly an hour longer to go from Lyon to Orange. In this direction, on 57.7 km, from Roussillon to Portes-lès-Valence, the traffic is in accordion. On the other hand, the traffic improves at the level of Bollène, where slowdowns are now only observed over 3 km . After difficulties over several kilometres, the traffic jam is now completely resolved between Sauzet and Malataverne. According to the motorway concessionaire, these disturbances will stretch until 11 p.m. this evening, with a traffic peak at 6 p.m. … Then resume the next day, the day of the big departures for many, from seven in the morning .Plan something to cool off or charge your phones: the axis will be very disrupted until 4 p.m., again according to Vinci Autoroutes.Access to Italian neighbors will also be complicated today and tomorrow, with weather lengthened wait to cross the Mont-Blanc tunnel. Traffic will be heavy from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., then will be stronger in the middle of the afternoon, with waiting times varying between 30 minutes and an hour, until 9 p.m. It will be very difficult to cross the border tomorrow, with peak traffic between noon and 2 p.m. Bison Futé advises motorists to avoid the A7 today, between Lyon and Orange, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and between Orange and Marseille, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tomorrow, the conditions will still be more dantesque: it will be better to avoid frequenting the A7 motorway, between Lyon and Orange, from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., and between Orange and Marseille from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. >> In the direction of returns: black day on Sunday For returns on Sunday, all of France will be drowned in traffic jams. More particularly the A7, which will be completely blocked from 9 am and for the rest of the day). Same situation for the A9 motorway called “La Languedocienne”, which links Orange to the Spanish border, which will also be blocked in the South/North direction. Bison Futé also recommends that you take it between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Those who would have preferred a trip to Italy will also have difficulty returning home: traffic in the Mont-Blanc tunnel should be heavy between noon and 3 p.m., then very heavy from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. then completely congested between 5 p.m. 9 p.m., with a wait of more than two hours to cross it.
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