I’ve written several times about the closure of the charming village of La Roque-Gageac, a favourite destination for tourists in the Greater Daglan Area, and the home to some of the Dordogne River Valley’s most impressive traffic jams.
But at last, the two-year construction project to improve traffic flow through La Roque has been pretty much completed.
The goal was to widen La Roque’s road and reduce the odds that shoppers would be dinged, maimed or completely crushed as they dodged cars, trucks and campers. That involved dumping land-fill out into the river to widen the road, and then building a new wall out of limestone to separate the village and the river. Fancy sidewalks and walkways would complete the picture.
If you care to learn more, I last wrote about the project on April 11, with a posting I called “La Roque gets ready to roll.”
But here we are, approaching the end of May, and indeed the work is done. While I have not seen the final touches in person, Radio Free Daglan’s Chief Photographer, my wife Jan, rode her bike from Daglan to La Roque the other day, and came back with a positive report, plus the photos you are about to see. (As for me, I was — and still am — basking in the luxury of La Roseraie, the large clinic in Montfaucon where I am recovering from back surgery, with regular doses of physiotherapy.)
Now back to La Roque-Gageac — starting with a photo of the road through the village as it now looks:
Nice and neat, I’d say, with lots of room for pedestrians on both sides of the road. And now here’s a closer look at the sidewalk that runs beside the stores and restaurants; again, it looks pretty tidy:
At this point, if I had any criticism, it would be that the new look is somewhat sterile. But that should change. Based on how quiet the road and sidewalks appear, some tourists would be quite welcome — and there clearly is plenty of room for them.