Le Vieux Rascard

Rue des Guides, 35, Champoluc, Aosta, 11020, Italy
Le Vieux Rascard
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Tunnel Grand -St- Bernard....

by Greggor58

For eons of time the Great St Bernard Pass has played an important role in linking the north and the south of Europe. It has been crossed by Roman legions, barbarian tribes, Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, Popes, crusaders and Napoleon Bonaparte's forces.

The crossing of the pass was always dependent on the weather and conditions at the top...as was the case when we approached...the much smaller historic road winding over the pass itself,is only normally passable June to September. So..the tunnel...

Construction work began on the Italian side in spring 1958, and soon after on the Swiss side..When the tunnel was inaugurated in March 1964, it was the first road traffic tunnel to be opened through the Alps.

It is a toll tunnel....and costs vary depending on what you are driving and the number of passengers...

The cost for the two of us to transit the tunnel and a return trip cost us 48.50 Swiss Francs...certainly not cheap...but a novel experience anyhow...

The tunnel is about 5,798 meter's long and the roadway at either end is covered with what we in Canada would be called a "snow shed"...a structure designed to prevent the roadway and traveling vehicles from being destroyed in the event of an avalanche...

The tunnel itself, and most of the connecting road between Aosta and Martigny are only single lane roads, and for most destinations in Switzerland and Italy the toll free St Gotthard Tunnel and Simplon Pass offer more direct or at least faster routes. This and the toll ensure that the Grand San Bernard Tunnel is almost always congestion free unlike the more popular Alpine crossing routes.


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