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The A84 autoroute is a motorway in western France completed on 27 January 2003. The motorway connects Rennes in Brittany with Caen in Lower Normandy. It is part of the Autoroute des Estuaires from Dunkirk to Bayonne, avoiding Paris.

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CharacteristicsEdit

The motorway, 170 km long, cost a total of 650 million. It is dual-carriageway both ways on its entire course and service areas are positioned at regular intervals. It is toll free.

The motorway was built with a special road surface to allow rain water to run off quickly, but it is ineffective with snow that often falls in large quantities in winter, so snowplows are employed regularly. Motorway traffic radio 107.7 broadcasts A84 information specifically.

HistoryEdit

  • 1979: Ministerial decision to upgrade the road between Caen and Avranches to dual carriageway.
  • 1987: Decision by the CIAT to connect Caen, Rennes and Nantes by motorway ensuring the continuity of the French motorway network.
  • 1994: The connections between Caen and Avranches and Avranches and Rennes are declared of public utility.
  • 27 January 2003: Opening of the last section of the A84 except the Avranches bypass.

RouteEdit

 
Map of the A84.

List of JunctionsEdit

Junction number & name Northbound exits Southbound exits
  24 RN 136, A711 RN 136, A711
  25  RD 812, Thorigné-Fouillard RD 812, Thorigné-Fouillard
  26  RD 812 (RN 12), Liffré RD 812 (RN 12), Liffré
  27  RD 812 (RN 12), Liffré RD 812 (RN 12), Liffré
  28  RD 794, Saint-Aubin-du-Cormier RD 794, Saint-Aubin-du-Cormier
  La Chaîne / La Lande
  29  RN 12, Fougères RN 12, Fougères
  30  RD 155, Saint-Brice-en-Corlès, Fougères RD 155, Saint-Brice-en-Corlès, Fougères
  Le Coglais
  31  RD 102, Coglès RD 102, Coglès
  32  RD 30, Saint-James RD 30, Saint-James
  Le Mont Saint-Michel
  33  RN 176, Pontaubault, Ducey RN 176, Pontaubault, Ducey
  34  RN 175, Pontaubault
  35 
  36  RD 911, Avranches RD 911, Avranches
  La Baie du Mont Saint-Michel
  37  RD 924, Villedieu-les-Poêles RD 924, Villedieu-les-Poêles
  38  RD 999, Villedieu-les-Poêles RD 999, Villedieu-les-Poêles
  La vallée de la Vire-Gouvets
  39  RD 21, Tessy-sur-Vire RD 21, Tessy-sur-Vire
  40  RN 174 RN 174
  41  RD 53, Saint-Martin-des-Besaces RD 53, Saint-Martin-des-Besaces
  Saint-Jean-des-Essartiers
  42  RD 577, Coulvain RD 577, Coulvain
  43 Villers-Bocage  RD 30, Saint-James RD 30, Saint-James
  44 Villers-Bocage Nord  RN 175, Villers-Bocage
  45  RD 92, Tournay-sur-Odon RD 92, Tournay-sur-Odon
  46  RD 174 (RN 175), Noyers-Bocage, Missy RD 174 (RN 175), Noyers-Bocage, Missy
  47  RD 147A, Version
  48  RD 30, Saint-James RD 30, Saint-James
  49/9  RN 813, RN 175, Bretteville-sur-Odon, Caen RN 813, RN 175, Bretteville-sur-Odon, Caen

Future extensionsEdit

The A84 currently stops at Avranches. A dual carriageway is used as a bypass around Avranches by the west. This road cannot be upgraded to motorway standard due to its layout. A new motorway bypassing Avranches with three lanes is planned, as well as a further extension to Nantes by upgrading the RN 137, a dual carriageway between Rennes and Nantes.

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