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[9/6/2019] France: down-to-the-millimetre inventory management and stringent environmental protection on the T9 tramway project

Work is in full swing at the T9 tramway project site. By the end of 2020, this 19-station tram line will connect Porte de Choisy, located in Paris’s 13th district, to Orly in the Val-de-Marne region. A 100% Eurovia consortium is applying itself to delivering the project in time for its service-entry date.

The consortium has been involved in this project since 2018 and is overseeing urban development works along T9’s 10-kilometre course, which is located on a dual 2-lane carriageway (formerly national route 305). These urban development works were launched in January 2019 at nearly 30 sites. They include installing crossroads, roadway segments, and four large squares designed to reapportion public space following the tramway line’s entry into service.

To create these new spaces, a set of enhancing materials has been selected to embellish the areas along the course of the T9 line. No fewer than 14 types of natural stone are being used to build the new structures adjacent to the tram line, including 107 kilometres of edges, which have to be installed in only 18 months. This task encompasses as many as a thousand different uses made possible by nearly 22,000 pallets delivered on 1,500 articulated lorries.

To monitor this massive material-delivery project, a storage and despatching platform has been installed at Villeneuve-Le-Roi. An application provides contract managers and site supervisors with the option of adjusting the delivery timetable to accommodate the needs of the project.

A platform designed to recycle and re-use worksite materials has also been installed, at Vitry-sur-Seine. This particular initiative earned Eurovia teams the ‘Environmental Excellence’ label in both the ‘waste management’ and ‘interaction with local residents’ categories. The ‘Environmental Excellence’ label was created in May 2016 to showcase environmental protection initiatives at project sites and recognise employee involvement in these efforts. The label is awarded following an internal audit process based on an evaluation grid containing 44 criteria that must all be met. In addition to sharing basic attributes required for achieving Environmental Excellence, all projects must identify one or more features that meet specific requirements with regard to exemplary environmental management.

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