The transport minister Peter Ramsauer was in the region today, and it was rumoured that he might drop by and visit the bridge building site. Although we were ready for him he didn’t find the time to come and see for himself the nonsensical implications of his transport policy. He did however take time to give an interview to the local newspaper. “Hochmoselübergang ist wichtig” – Bundesverkehrsminister Ramsauer im TV-Interview claims the headline: “Hochmoselübergang is important”, although the piece was primarily about other issues and the words he used were slightly different. It is not news that this newspaper is pursuing a blinkered agenda.
The building of the bridge pillars is proceeding at less than a snail’s pace, and construction works around the village of Graach have been halted due to a landslip in a vineyard caused by the relocation of a power line – which now warrants exploration through test drilling before work can recommence. Little wonder to any local person who knows the commonplace natural risks of these unstable slopes. In January disaster was narrowly dodged in Traben-Trarbach on the opposite bank from Graach of the narrow Mosel spur upon which the motorway is being built, when a huge boulder fell onto the terrace of a house.
Above Zeltingen-Rachtig the builders create their own commentary via the placement of road signs: