The Canton of Valais and the Town of Sion have launched the construction of a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the A9 motorway. This will greatly improve accessibility to the Champsec Hospital site and Pôle Santé centre as well as to the Clinique romande de réadaptation (CRR).
The Champsec hospital site is currently undergoing major development. After the construction of the car park and the ongoing extension of the hospital, the site will house the Pôle Santé centre, a campus with a capacity for 1,000 students from the Haute Ecole de Santé and the Ecole supérieure de Travail social, as well as research activities from the HES-SO Valais-Wallis and the EPFL, from 2023. The Ark incubator will also be housed here and the CRR will continue to develop with the construction of a new wing in 2022-23 that will be able to accommodate 20 additional patients. In the long term, some 5,000 people will visit the site every day, compared with 3,000 today.
The aim is to facilitate multimodal access for users of the site and to allow them to reach the centre of Sion directly, on foot or by bicycle. The 180-metre long and 4.5-metre wide footbridge has been designed as a promenade. It is scheduled to open in the autumn of 2023 and will also allow the passage of district heating. The cost of the bridge is CHF 8.8 million, mostly covered by the Town of Sion (CHF 3.7 million) and the Canton (CHF 2.5 million).