Work Resumes on Ten-Year Overhaul of Saanenmöser - Zweisimmen Road
With the arrival of spring, the decade-long renovation of the road from Saanenmöser to Zweisimmen has resumed.
Due to budget cuts, the work plan has undergone several changes. Namely, repairs which were scheduled to be completed in 2014 will now be completed by 2015. The current stage of roadworks on the Riedli-Gruebi portion will last until mid-September 2014, at which point a winter pause will be taken before resuming in April 2015.
The road is being renovated in "halves", meaning one lane will be sectioned off and worked upon while the other lane supports all traffic. Stoplights on both sides of the stretch of construction mean drivers who encounter green lights will proceed directly, while those that hit red could have a waiting time of up to 10 minutes. Workers are on-site from 7 am to 5 pm weekdays.
Thanks to the decision to do the roadwork in phases, any increase in traffic should be minimum. Officials estimate that, on average, driving times between Saanenmöser and Zweisimmen will run just a few minutes longer than usual.
The road was originally constructed in the 19th century and rebuilt in the 1940’s and 50’s, and was long overdue for a full makeover. With drainage difficulties, the potential for landslides and little to no existing shoulder, officials say the 10-year plan was absolutely necessary. The first four stages will run from 2014 to 2016 for the Mosen Ried to Reichenstein portion of the road, while work on the Reichenstein to Saanenmöser section will run from 2017 to 2022.