380 million Euros invested in the new Mont Blanc Tunnel
Launched in April 2000, the Mont Blanc Tunnel refurbishment programme, as approved by government, represented an investment of 380 million euros for the two operators, ATMB and SITMB, and 25 million euros for the European Union.
It had four main priorities:
upgrading the safety systems
improving rescue facilities
establishing a sole operating entity
introducing new traffic rules.
Four key works stages
The programme’s overall timetable, up to January 2002, was based on four main phases:
|Cleaning and making the tunnel safe prior to work beginning||February to September 2000|
|Civil engineering work||September 2000 to August 2001|
|Installing equipment||September 2001 to November 2001|
|Equipment tests and safety exercises prior to reopening||November 2001 to January 2002|