A40 autoroute

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A40 autoroute
Autoroute des Titans
Autoroute Blanche
Route information
Part of E52 & E62
Maintained by ATMB
Length: 205.9 km (127.9 mi)
Existed: 1973 – present
Major junctions
West end: Mâcon
East end: Saint-Gervais-les-Bains
Highway system
Autoroutes of France

The Autoroute A40 is a motorway in France that extends from Mâcon on the west to Saint-Gervais-les-Bains on the east, terminating not far from Chamonix and the Mont Blanc Tunnel. The road runs 208 kilometres (129 mi) through Bresse, the high southern Jura Mountains, northern Prealps and French Alps. It was fully completed in 1990, and includes 12 viaducts and 3 tunnels. The road is maintained by Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhône (APRR and ATMB), comprising part of European routes E25 and E62.[1]

Nomenclature[edit]

Autoroute A40 is named Autoroute des Titans ("Highway of the Titans") for the dramatic engineering construction through the mountainous sections between Bourg-en-Bresse and Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, and as Autoroute Blanche ("the White Highway") through the snow laden Jura and Alps between Bellegarde-sur-Valserine and Annemasse on the Swiss border.

The Nantua viaduct on the "Highway of the Titans" of Autoroute A40

History[edit]

ATMB[edit]

  • 1973 : The section between Vallard and Bonneville was opened.
  • 1974 : The section between Bonneville and Cluses was opened.
  • 1975 : The section between Cluses and Sallanches was opened.
  • 1976 : The section between Sallanches-Le Fayet was opened in a ceremony presided over by Prime Minister Jacques Chirac.
  • 1982 : The 50 kilometre section between Bellegarde and Annemasse is opened.

These sections were previously numbered B41.

APRR[edit]

  • 1985 : Section between Bourg-Nord and -Bourg-Sud (20 km) completed.
  • 1986 : Opening of section between Bourg-Sud and Sylans (Nantua) (61 km). The French President, François Mitterrand opened the motorway giving it the name L'Autoroute des Titans.
  • 1987 : Opening of the section Mâcon to Bourg-Nord (27 km)
  • 1989 : Opening of the section Sylans to Châtillon-en-Michaille (13 km)
  • 1990 : Opening of the junction between the A6 autoroute and the A40 (3 km)
  • 1995 : Widening of the Chamoise Tunnel and viaduct at Nantua and Neyrolles

The western section between the A6 and A42 was originally given the number F42. The whole road was re-numbered the A40 including a short section where the road merges with the A42.

Characteristics[edit]

A40 Autoroute Sign.png

The autoroute is made up of two lanes for each traffic direction except between its junctions with the A42 and A39 (21 km) where there are three lanes on each side.

Junctions[edit]

  • Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svgExchange A6-A40) Motorway starts at junction with A6 to Paris (north), Lyon (south)
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg01 (Mâcon-centre) km 2 Towns served: Mâcon
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg02 (Feillens) km 5 Towns served: Pont-de-Vaux
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg03 (Pont-de-Veyle)km 8 Towns served:
  • Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svgExchange A406-A40 Junction with A406 (under construction) to
    • Aire de pique-nique.pngRest Area: L'Étang Quinard (eastbound), Saint-André de Bagé (westbound)
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg04 (Vonnas) km 18 Towns served: Saint-Cyr-sur-Menthon, RN79
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg05 (Bourg-Nord) km 30 Towns served: Bourg-en-Bresse
  • Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svgExchange A39-A40 Junction with A39 to Dole (north)
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg06 (Lons-le-Saunier/Étienne-du-Bresse) km 39 Towns served: RN83, Bourg-en-Bresse
    • Aire d'autoroute - station essence.pngService Area: Aire de Bourg
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg07 (Bourg-Sud) km 50 Towns served: RN75, Bourg-en-Bresse
    • Aire de pique-nique.pngRest Area: Certines (eastbound), Tossiat (westbound)
  • Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svgExchange A42-A40 Junction with the A42 to Lyon (south)
    • Aire de pique-nique.pngRest Area: Neuville-sur-Ain (westbound)
    • Aire d'autoroute - station essence.pngService area: Ceignes-Cerdon (westbound)
    • Aire de pique-nique.pngRest Area: Ceignes-Haut-Bugey (westbound)
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg08 (Nantua St-Martin du Fresne) km 81 Towns served: St Martin du Fresne
  • Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svgExchange A404-A40 Junction with the A404 to Oyonnax
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg09 (Nantua les Neyrolles) km 90 Towns served: Nantua
    • Aire de pique-nique.pngRest area: Le Lac (westbound), Les Neyrolles de Bagé (eastbound)
    • Aire de pique-nique.pngRest Area: La Michaille (eastbound), La Semine (westbound)
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg10 (Bellegarde) km 106 Towns served: Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg11 (Frangy Seyssel) km 115 Towns served:RN508, Frangy
    • Aire d'autoroute - station essence.pngService Area: Aire de Valleiry
  • Péage.pngPéage de Viry
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg13 (Saint-Julien) km 136 Towns served: Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
  • Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svgExchange A41-A40-A401 Junction with the A41 (proposed) and A401 spur to Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg13.1 (Parc d'Affaire Internationale) km 138 Towns served: Archamps
    • Aire de pique-nique.pngRest Area: Télégraphe de Salève
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg14 (Annemasse) km 152 Towns served: Geneva (Switzerland) via spur A411. Annemasse
  • Péage.pngPéage de Nangy
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg15 (Boëge/Vallee Verte) km 161 Towns served: RN503 to Thonon-les-Bains
  • Sinnbild Autobahnkreuz.svgExchange A410-A40 Junction with the A410 to Annecy.
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg16 (Bonneville-Ouest) km 170 Towns served: Bonneville
    • Aire d'autoroute - station essence.pngService Area: Aire de Bonneville
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg17 (Bonneville-Est) km 174 Towns served: Bonneville
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg18 (Cluses-Ouest) km 183 Towns served: Cluses
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg19 (Cluses-Centre) km 188 Towns served: Cluses
  • Péage.pngPéage de Cluses
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg20 (Sallanches) km 198 Towns served: Sallanches
    • Aire de pique-nique.pngRest Area: Passy (westbound)
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg21 (Passy Saint-Gervais) km 206 Towns served: Megève, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg22 (Saint-Gervais) km 208 the autoroute ends becoming the RN205 towards Chamonix and Turin (Italy)

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing