The Beausoleil ramp, also known as the Monaco Est ramp, was initially scheduled to be completed by now (the end of October) but delays have postponed the A8 interchange until the end of this year.
During a recent public meeting of the National Council concerning Monaco’s amended budget for 2023, National Councilor Marie-Noëlle Gibelli inquired about the reasons for the delay and requested an official date of completion. Céline Caron-Dagioni, government advisor – Minister of Equipment, Environment and Urban Planning, estimated that the project will be completed by the end of the first half of 2024.
However, the operational director of infrastructure at Escota / Vinci Autoroutes was more optimistic during a recent press interview, saying that work should be competed in November. Currently, the road restoration work is complete and the restraint systems should be finished at the end of October. Next, the signalling work will commence. After that, State technical services will carry out infrastructure checks which may take up until the end of 2023 or beginning of 2024.
Operational director Eric Meneroud went on to say that delays were caused by having to redo work after quality and technical checks, which proved longer and more complex than expected due to the particular topography of the ramp. After redoing the work in July, most construction companies were closed for holidays in August and work started again in September.
The ramp was initially created in 1989 but was closed in 1994. The new project began with preparatory work in January 2021 with the deforestation of 27,000 m² of trees. The cost of putting the ramp back in service is estimated at €6.06 million, divided between the French State and its concessionaire Vinci Autoroutes (€2.48 million), the Monegasque State (€2.135 million), the Department (€1.235 million) and Carf (€200,000).