Works to start on A639 to prevent future landslips


April roadworksThink back to April Fools Day. A light-hearted article appeared here about a Council sign which indicated that construction work was expected by ‘December 2012’. Shortly afterwards the sign was updated to read ‘2013’. Well, work is scheduled to start today, Tuesday (27 August 2013). This follows a landslip in 2007, so why has it taken so long?

Cllr Richard Lewis, Executive Board member with responsibility for development and the economy said:

“After careful monitoring and investigation to ensure the ground has stabilised and movement has ceased, we have been able to progress designs, and are now at point where we can implement these.”

Hmmm…  When exactly did the ground stabilise??

For the next two weeks, the drainage works will be completed under a contra-flow traffic management system with a heavy goods vehicle diversion in place. The land stabilisation works will then immediately follow under a single-lane closure, much like the existing traffic management in place.

The scheme, which includes a new drain, 50 metres of green-slope retaining wall, the reconstruction of the nearside carriageway lane, new lengths of landscaping and planting, will take ten weeks.

Perhaps a new sign will be erected to say ‘Construction completed 2013’?