North Yorkshire County Council has said it expects the A59 at Kex Gill to be reopen late on Sunday 8 July, after wall stabilisation work was completed this week.
The road closed at the end of May after movement in the carriageway and work this week to stabilise the wall below the road has gone to schedule, according to the county council.
The work included shotcreting as well as filling voids between the walling stone. The carriageway has also been widened towards the rock wall to create sufficient width to reopen the road to single lane traffic.
Load testing to make sure the road has stabilised began today (Friday 6 July) and will continue into the weekend. Once the load testing has confirmed the road is safe for public use, contractors will remove their equipment from the site and the road is expected to open under traffic light control late on Sunday.
North Yorkshire County Council Executive Member for Highways Don Mackenzie said: “I’m pleased that we are able to reopen the road, albeit under traffic lights, for the benefit of local residents, businesses and other users of the A59. We understand that this has been a difficult period for members of local communities, particularly businesses.
“The repair has required a complex operation in difficult conditions, but council officers and our contractors have worked continuously throughout daylight hours to put this solution in place for the benefit of all who use the road.”
The County Council continues to work on a permanent solution to reopen the road fully, but its ultimate solution is to realign the section of the A59 to the other side of the valley. The proposed preferred route was developed following the results of the ground investigation works and liaison with environmental, geotechnical and highway engineering specialists.