Saanen bypass construction begins
Here at GstaadLife.com, we're getting a lot of email asking about the Saanen bypass construction. Indeed many Gstaad regulars who are not here right now think that this whole Fernwärme nightmare was related to the bypass. In any event three things are happening this week. Firstly the Fermwärme work is wrapping up and the earth is starting to go back into the trenches dug along the main roads between Saanen and Gstaad. Secondly the groundbreaking ceremony for the bypass construction is tomorrow (Friday) morning. And lastly the authorities have published a helpful leaflet detailing the planned construction for the bypass. Thing is they didn't think to publish it in English...which is why you have us.
As most of you know, the Saanen bypass will relieve the village center from transit traffic beginning in 2010. The new road will loop over the back of Saanen, connecting Saanenmöserstrasse from the Altenstrasse junction with Oeystrasse (direction Rougemont) by way of an open road and a 280 meter tunnel north of the graveyard. The roundabout at the hospital junction will be re-done. And once the bypass is open, Saanen will be closed to through-traffic and the center will be redesigned into a Gstaad-style promenade. With us so far?