Progress, of sorts, on the Beynac bottleneck

I wrote a long piece a while back on the plans to eliminate or at least reduce the traffic bottleneck along the base of the historic village of Beynac, a key tourist attraction in the Greater Daglan Area. (You can find the details in Radio Free Daglan’s archive, “Breaking the Beynac bottleneck,” November 9, 2015.)

This is really a major, two-year project, costing some 2.15 million euros (before tax). So, how are things going? Well, pretty slowly, I’d say.

According to the sign that’s posted with all the details, the second phase of construction was to last from October 2016 “à mai 2017.” Now as I read that, I see the à mai as meaning the start of May. But not on your bippy.

Today (May 28)  I drove up from Daglan and, seeing a long line of cars waiting to progress along the single-lane road, I wisely decided to park in a shopping plaza and walk towards the construction.

Here’s how the line-up of vehicles looked, as I approached the traffic light that was holding them in place, allowing for vehicles to drive from the other direction:

Quite a few drivers were walking around impatiently.

In this next photo, you can see why Beynac is so popular with tourists — that’s Château de Beynac, once owned by Richard the Lionheart, on top of the rocky hill:

The château looms over the road below.

A lot of work has been done, of course. This involved dumping rocks into the Dordogne River, and then building out the road and sidewalks to accommodate more vehicles. This next photo, which was taken from my closest vantage point today, shows how substantial the work is:

The retaining wall for the widened roadway.

So there you have it, so far. When will the work be finally done, and the road opened fully to traffic? I don’t know, but it shouldn’t be too long. I’ll of course keep an eye on things.

Just for the record, here’s an update on another, smaller, construction project, for readers who are familiar with Greater Daglan Area: The expansion/renovation of the supermarket formerly known as Shopi, in the neighbouring village of Cénac:

The substantial new entrance takes shape.

I wrote about the project earlier in the month, as it was getting under way, and I made the point that it was unclear how ambitious  the work would be. (See “The mystery project [yes, another one],” posted on May 6). As you can see, the Carrefour group is certainly putting a new face on its supermarket.

 

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One Response to Progress, of sorts, on the Beynac bottleneck

  1. Allan Schlar says:

    Perhaps Beynac should get advice from the “silly hall” in Toronto. We are very good in turning 6 lane major roads into single lane roads with even more disastrous traffic and commercial consequences. What’s the story, Tory?

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