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D220 - Les Travers

D220 is a short mountain road located in the Isère department in southeastern France. It’s one of the French balcony roads. The road is asphalted but extremely narrow. It’s 5,7km long. The road, known locally as Les Travers, is made difficult by single track sections and overhanging rock, and is impassable to heavy vehicles.

It runs as a single track road along the mountainside for some distance with nowhere to pass another vehicle. Here one says a prayer that nobody is coming towards you until the road widens some kilometres further. This road is one of the most famous balcony roads in the country. A balcony road is a hair-raising lane cut into the sides of sheer cliffs. It’s a kind of road not for those who fear heights. There is little room for error on these roads. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and narrow unlit tunnels. When you take this road as picturesque as it is narrow, with its many suprising meanders, drive carefully, and above all don't miss the parking spaces that have been provided.

The road starts off the D1091 road and ends in the D213 road. This road, and access route into 2Alpes,  is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Falling rocks and early snow cause road to close. This amazing road is carved into the mountainside in France. It’s a road in France to die for (or die on, if you're not careful!). This cliff road is asphalted. This beautiful road with stunning views is not recommended for drivers who are prone to vertigo. It’s incredibly disorienting to look over the edge, or even just to see the town of Bourg d’Oison a couple thousand feet below you!
This road should not be attempted by those who don't know how to reverse. It's one of the most famous dramatic 'balcony' or 'corniche' roads near Bourg d'Oisans. The road is so narrow that if two vehicles have to pass each other, one vehicle might have to reverse for anything up to 3 kilometres of winding narrow road to get to a place wide enough to pass. 
This tortuous route is not for those who fear heights. Your wheels will be astounded at the wonderful view of the valley spread out before you! The road cuts along a cliff face where there is only a foot high wall separating you and a sheer, base jumps wet dream, drop to the valley below. It’s a mind numbing vertical drop of 550 meters so you might want to give it a miss on a windy day. There are not many roads like this in Europe, if you can handle the height and the prospect of a very long freefall this road absolutely has to be on the list of any road connoisseur. This one leads towards Les Deux Alpes, and gives good views across towards the Col de Sarennes.The spectacular bit is only short, and is very narrow indeed, requiring traffic lights at the narrowest section. It’s not as quiet as you might imagine, so unlike the other three similar roads, is not an ideal cycling route.

 

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