Earlier this month, my friend, Simon Woodman, had a long, long rant on facebook about the lengthy, and seemingly everlasting, roadworks and delays he experiences during his daily commute between Bristol and Cardiff. This blog is by way of saying he doesn’t really know how lucky he is. If he thinks the M4 is bad then he really ought to try the D100 in the South Touraine! I’ll explain….
There are road works just outside of Le Chatelier (just before you reach the Dolmen). They started in mid-2010 and they are still in progress.
Work started, with, I must say, great excitement amongst all of us who live in the area, on what appears to be the strengthening of a tunnel under the road to allow for the channeling of excess water and prevention of flash flooding. (Actually, as the water passes under the road and traffic pass over it should I refer to it as a “bridge” rather than a tunnel? ~ Simon, please advise.)
This whole complex of roadworks causes acute headaches in the South Touraine, especially on Sundays when we have the duel-problem of market day in Descartes combining with the social necessity of everyone visiting their families for long, leisurely lunches ~ congestion hardly describes it. You may also note the absence of white lines which adds to the whole sense of danger as one drives along the D100 (fortunately many local drivers take advantage of the handy ditches [refuges?] which, conveniently, can be so easily found along the sides of most roads).
But, although it’s taking a long, long time to complete, the work that has been carried out to date on the tunnel/bridge is of the highest standard as a quick off-road stroll (avoiding the constant traffic) will reveal.
So, Simon, I hope this short piece will help you feel better as you slog it out to Cardiff and back each working day. Just to say, “You are not alone. We, in rural France, also suffer daily stresses and inconveniences associated with 21st century life in the fast lane.”