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Embankment repair planned for A9 south of Helmsdale24 Sep 2018

Teams to begin repairs starting on Monday 1 October

 

Works to repair a damaged embankment on the A9 south of Helmsdale after a small section of embankment washed into the field below is due to get underway next week.

Teams have been designing a repair for the area following a geotechnical assessment by specialist engineers.  

The repair will involve building up the damaged embankment using around 450 tonnes of rock which will stabilise the area while still allowing water to drain through. The work is expected to take two weeks.

The road will remain open during the work with temporary traffic lights remaining in place as a precaution to keep the workforce safe and motorists away from the edge of the carriageway during the repair process.  Once complete, the removal of the temporary traffic lights will allow the road to reopen to both lanes.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’ve installed the temporary traffic lights as a precaution to help ensure motorists are kept safe on the A9 until the repairs are completed.  

“Teams have worked to develop a repair that will involve working from the bottom of the embankment, where approximately 450 tonnes of rock will be built-up on the slope to repair the area.

“Our team will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible.

“In the meantime, the temporary traffic lights will remain in place for safety and we’ll continue to monitor the area.”

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter @trraffiscotland or the new mobile site, my.trafficscotland.org.  

 

 

 

 

 

First posted 23 August:


Temporary traffic lights on A9 south of Helmsdale due to embankment failure

Temporary traffic lights have been erected on the A9 south of Helmsdale after a small section of embankment next to the A9 has washed into the field below.

The embankment is located next to the southbound A9 at Westgarty, around three miles south of Helmsdale, and runs into the field below and away from the road.  

Geotechnical engineers have assessed the site and extent of the embankment failure, and the temporary traffic lights have been installed for safety to help keep motorists away from the edge of the carriageway.

Teams are now working to design a repair for the embankment.  

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’ve installed the temporary traffic lights as a precaution to help ensure motorists are safe on the A9.  

“We’re now working to design a repair for the embankment which will allow teams to reopen the road to both lanes.

“We’ll work to keep all stakeholders updated as to the progress of these repairs.

“In the meantime the temporary traffic lights will remain in place for safety and we’ll continue to monitor the area.”

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter @trraffiscotland or the new mobile site, my.trafficscotland.org.  

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