THE SS125 BETWEEN DORGALI AND URZULEI, THE CONNECTION BETWEEN BARONIA AND OGLIASTRA HAS BEEN OPENED AGAIN. ON 06/04/2017 AT 12.00 THE ROAD WAS OPENEND AFTER MORE THAN 5 MONTHS, AND TWO DAYS LATER IT SEEMS THAT IT REMAINS OPEN. At the moment just one lane is open, but in a few weeks the other lane should be open too.
Giro d’Italia 2017
On 06/05/2017 the Giro d’Italia passes over this road, the second leg from Olbia to Tortoli.
It’s not the first time and it will certainly not be the last time that rain and stone avalanches cause problems with the roads around the Supramonte Mountains.
Not such a big problem if it would be well indicated, but the signs are only in Italian, there is no diversion indicated and the signs are more often then not placed only shortly before the blocked road.
In addition, we as inhabitants of Sardinia are used to warning signs remaining longer than the actual problem. So you naturally develop an attitude like “oh well I’ll just try it and we’ll see.” This kind of attitude often works out positive, like making an informed guess, what helps is that much of the information on the road conditions arrives by word of mouth or WhatsApp messages going around.
However, this doesn’t hold true for the foreign traveller, they don’t receive information through the local grapevine. Even though you as a traveller might not be on a tight time schedule, I bet you like to know how to drive around these problems. Ok, let’s stop the philosophical story here.
The first blocked road is the SS125 at km 194, the road on the east coast connecting Dorgali with Urzulei, Baunei and Tortoli.
This one has been closed ever since 15.10.2016 at km 194. This is between Dorgali and Urzulei, due to an avalanche of stones. The falling stones have destroyed half a lane of the 2 lanes, and there’s still danger that more will come down. It seems that nobody dares to take the responsability to open-up the left over lane, and they still have to find money for repair and to bring down the dangerous rocks higher up. The signs in this case are put even 30 km before the interruption on the SS131 at the turn-off to Dorgali, unfortunately some people ignore these signs and get themselves into trouble.
So watch out!
Shortly after the tunnel to Cala Gonone you will find the yellow sign saying “STRADA CHIUSA” – ROAD CLOSED and it’s really closed, just turn back. A navigator can be very misleading; and convince you that you can drive around through the Oddoene valley folowing the “Gola di Gorropu” signs or through the tunnel to Cala Gonone and then over the mountains. Both options will not bring you back to the SS125 and you risk damaging your car seriously. Both in the valley and over the mountain there are a lot of very bad dirtroads that you should avoid. See Example 1 of what not to do with a rental car, fortunately for them I was able to pull them out of the ditch with only minor damages.
Car in the ditch
How to drive around it.
You can detour over the SS131 around Nuoro and just after Nuoro take the SS389 towards Lanusei – Tortoli, and eventually to Baunei or Urzulei. From Dorgali you have to count two hours to get to Tortoli, while on the SS125 it takes only one hour. These driving times are intended for someone who knows the way, if you dont and like to enjoy the beautiful views, you should calculate an hour extra.
The second closed road is the SP46 between Dorgali and Oliena.
A bridge over the Cedrino river has been closed, the bridge of Oloè ia supposed to have a fracture, and also in this case it’s unknown when it will reopen for traffic, Olé!
In 2013, this bridge already collapsed partially due to the violence of the river. The water in that occasion not only went under the bridge, but also over. A police car fell through a hole in the road, invisible by the water and a policeman was killed. The bridge was then repaired, but apparently not sufficiently. Now it’s blocked by a barrier.
There are two possibilities to drive around.
Over the SS129 that runs between Orosei and Nuoro, or a little further over road SS131 from Olbia to Oristano – Cagliari. The SP46, the SS129 and SS131 all run parallel to eachother in north-south direction. If you’re driving from Dorgali to Oliena or Orgosolo, pass by the turn-off to the SP46, and take the next road left, the SS129. Further on turn left on the SS129 to Oliena where “Marreri” is indicated to the right.