The damage caused by the bad weather in Ventimiglia (Italy) -
Federico SCOPPA / AFP
The Roya Valley was devastated by Storm Alex last October.
Twelve bridges were completely destroyed.
The first rebuilt will allow traffic to return to normal in mid-May.
The department has estimated the amount of road works in this valley at more than 280 million euros.
On the occasion of a site visit in the Roya valley, Charles-Ange Ginésy, president of the Alpes-Maritimes department announced the reestablishment of a normal link with Ventimiglia, in Italy, and Nice from the mid-May.
The region was completely devastated by Storm Alex in October.
“The Perthus bridge, the first of the twelve bridges completely destroyed in the valley to be rebuilt, will be delivered on May 5 for entry into service in the following days,” said Charles-Ange Ginésy.
Currently, the inhabitants of the Roya valley had to take a mountain road to reach the coast at Ventimiglia.
They can also reach Nice more quickly via the A8 motorway thanks to this bridge.
280.6 million euros of works for the road network
On the Castérino side, a track will allow, from the spring, to re-establish a link with the landlocked village since the destruction of the road that led there.
Further work is planned at the exit of the Tende tunnel, which links Roya to northern Italy.
They will be carried out as soon as the Italian authorities have given the green light.
In total, the department has estimated the cost of restoring the road network in this valley at 280.6 million euros.
"We have already carried out work for 18.6 million euros, we are currently on a rate of 5 to 6 million euros per month and this rate will accelerate," promised the president of the department.
The Paca region and the state have already paid 20 million and 10.8 million euros respectively to help the department, which has also borrowed 200 million euros to finance all the works caused by the damage from the storm Alex.
The European Commission has just validated the principle of support for an amount included, according to Charles-Ange Ginésy, between 60 and 100 million euros.
Traffic reestablished in the Roya valley after two more days of isolation during the passage of storm Hortense
In Roya, the victims will still have to wait to take the train