The powers that be have made a new decision. On Sunday 18th June the main road through the next village will be closed. The road surface will be punctured completely, not just holes, but completely removed. Last year it happened to our village, but not all at once. It seems that they have now got appetite of doing the job and so all traffic through the next village will not be possible on this Sunday. The road surface will be completely removed.
We received the notification yesterday. The work actually begins on Friday evening in preparation of the big dig to remove the old road surface. In the midle of Saturday night the new covering layer will be prepared and we wil be surrounded by building noise and smells from the new surface on the road all through Saturday night and Sunday. The railway connection will also be blocked.
Of course this is not a problem as it is the next village where our one and only post office is now to be found, because our village post office was closed a couple of years ago. Our villages are only two small dots on the map in any case.
It was only last year that our village had only one way traffic for a year for a similar reason, although we did get new railway crossings afterwards. Nevertheless the lower half of our village was separated from the top half: neighbours were no longer seen on the other side of the main road for at leat a year. We did have the possibly of taking the scenic route over higher places to get into town adding half an hour to the journey, although I must give the builders their credit. The last sentence on the information does say that because of the radical closing of the road the working time can be shortened by almost a week and the quality will be increased leading to keeping costs low. Sunday has been chosen for the day of closure as there is not so much traffic and no school children will be endangered.
I will not be driving anywhere at that time. What happens if I get a punctured tyre? Not even the garage men would be able to reach me, especially if it happened on the wrong side of the next village.