Closure of the Gotthard: a new blow for the Alpine tunnels after Fréjus and Mont-Blanc

News of the 15/09/2023

An important traffic route between the north and the south of Europe has been cut since Sunday afternoon. This is the Gotthard road tunnel in Switzerland, which measures almost 17 km and is one of the longest in the world. A 25 m crack formed in the tunnel ceiling, causing concrete debris to fall. The authorities still do not know the origin and extent of the damage.

The Gotthard tunnel is expected to remain closed until the end of the week, according to AFP. Thousands of vehicles, including many heavy goods vehicles, are redirected via other roads, such as the San Bernardino or the Gotthard Pass. Trucks waiting to pass through the tunnel were blocked at the heavy traffic control centers in Giornico and Ripshausen. We hope that they benefit from better conditions than those who were stuck at Mont-Blanc…

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