The Haute-Garonne Departmental Council has chosen the local company Freyssinet for the first phase of the work to extract the aerial parts of the collapsed structure since November 18, 2019.
On November 18, 2019, the Mirepoix-sur-Tarn bridge collapsed under the weight of a truck causing the death of a 15-year-old girl, Lisa Nicaise, and the truck driver, Damien Calvel. a week, a year later, the families gathered in the strictest intimacy. Several questions remain however today, in particular on the reason which pushed the driver of the truck to drive on this work prohibited with more than 19 tons (his was 50). But also on the reconstruction of the bridge, questions to which Georges Méric, president of the Departmental Council, answered again recently, recalling that it would be well rebuilt and financed by the institution he chairs, and that the first works could begin soon. The word is kept and a new step has just been taken. Yesterday, the name of the company was released. This is the company Freyssinet, specialized in the construction and repair of structures, located in Fenouillet. It is she who will be responsible for dismantling the aerial parts of the structure, the first stage of long work announced for the month of January. The site is colossal and requires real experience in the field since it will be necessary to remove the metal pylons and all the cables of several tons even today in the water.
To carry out this work, cranes used for large construction sites will be necessary as well as a know-how that few companies can claim to have in France. This dismantling could take up to five months. The Departmental Council was also asked to keep the pieces removed from the river because they will be examined as part of the ongoing investigation. Very spectacular, this phase of work will be followed by another which will be just as much, or even more: the extraction of the submerged parts and in particular the deck of the bridge, a part weighing more than 500 tons which is at the bottom of the Tarn. “Discussions are currently to find out who will be selected, after calls for tenders, to carry out the desired site this summer, a period during which the water levels are lowest”, we explain to the Departmental Council which, in fine, will have invested nearly € 13 million to rebuild the bridge.