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£0.5M stabilisation work to start on Aberdeenshire road

Crovie

Work is to begin on an access road into Crovie after a landslip in September 2017.

Aberdeenshire Council has confirmed that work to stabilise the slope below the access road in Crovie is to begin in August after a short delay.

The road was closed in September 2017 due to significant movement of the existing landslip and while investigative work was carried out.

The £0.5M scheme will include soil nailing, relaying of the existing road and installation of surface water drainage. The existing road pavement will be excavated and resurfaced with the camber of the road altered to allow surface water to drain into a new kerb drainage system.

A new pavement will also include geogrid reinforcement to provide additional strength which will help resist deflection and mitigate surface cracking.

Aberdeenshire head of roads, landscape and waste services Philip McKay said: “The design of the stabilisation and drainage works for the road and the slope below proved more complex than anticipated and this unfortunately delayed the issue the tender for the works. Work is now expected to start in early August, with the road reopening to traffic in mid-November.

“While the delay has been unfortunate and unavoidable, we have attempted to mitigate the effects of the closure on residents and businesses and will continue to do so until the works are complete and the road re-opened, communicating regularly with the community.

“We carried out improvement and maintenance works to an alternative vehicular access to provide access for emergency services and during the period of the works the contractor will provide an on-demand taxi service for residents and visitors during working hours. The existing pedestrian access to the village, recently improved, will also remain.

“We appreciate the ongoing road closure is causing some difficulty for the community, but clearly this is an extremely complicated and technical situation, demanding not only significant professional expertise but also significant sums of money.

Normally there is no vehicular access to properties in Crovie, with only access for vehicles to a small parking area to the west of the village. All access to properties from the car park is by foot.

There has been no restriction on pedestrian access to the village since the landslip and the council has also undertaken works on the pedestrian steps accessing the village by improving lighting and carry out minor repair work.

It is expected that the work will take 14 weeks to complete.

Crovie is around 1km along the coast from Gardenstown, which has recently reopened its main road after a landslip late last year.

 

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