By Anne-Laure Retailleau
the Fresne Moor Bridge at Saint-Fraimbault-de-Prières is a sizable work of art, which connects the road to Lassay-les-Chateaux on the way to Saint-Loup-du-Gast without going through the village. Friday, November 25, 2022, the municipality prevented access to all vehicles until further notice.
Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to continue to use it and walkers will still be able to travel under it during their walks on the greenway.
Diagnosis within the framework of France Relance
This decision follows a diagnosis carried out by the State services as part of the France Relance plan. “We were offered to carry out a diagnosis of the municipal bridges free of charge. We accepted. It was a good opportunity to know where we are, “justifies the city councilor. A first expertise of the bridge in May had given rise to an unfavorable opinion. “We did not then decide to close it. »
But after a cleaning carried out by the municipal services to allow an in-depth study, the State services submitted their preliminary report. “They found a major defect in the structure of the bridge requiring the closure of the structure. The defects noted are: infiltration at the level of the slabs, loss of material on the main beams, perforation in the web of the beams and fixing of the spacers of the perforated beams. The judgment is final, the bridge must be closed.
The mayor has no other solution than to proceed with the regulatory postings. But he regrets that the report does not indicate the work to be done. “We now know that the bridge is sick, but we don’t have the remedy”, regrets the city councilor who would like the final report to be delivered as soon as possible to launch the first quotes, apply for subsidies…
There, we may have to wait until March to find out what work needs to be done.
A meeting with the sub-prefect
This certainly municipal road is the subject of heavy traffic. “There is a farm with two chicken coops and dairy cows, Veolia trucks which have their factory at the dam, Etic 53 or even school bus service”, list the mayor and his deputy, Eric Lelièvre. A diversion will be in place but will require a detour. Residents of the bridge were invited to a public meeting on Saturday November 19 to understand the situation.
Thierry Moutel asked to meet the sub-prefect and the services of the departmental directorate of territories to move the file forward. “Local residents will not understand that we are closing the bridge and that we are not starting work immediately. We are wasting time,” concludes Eric Lelièvre.
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