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A9 landslip repair to start next week

the embankment at the a9 south of helmsdale

Works to repair a damaged embankment on the A9 south of Helmsdale will start next week.

Teams have been designing a repair for the area following a geotechnical assessment by specialist engineers after after a section of the road embankment was washed into the field below in August.

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

Earlier this month a local councillor criticised Bear Scotland’s safety inspection regime for not picking up the problem of the landslip earlier and Scottish MP Jamie Stone has also raised concerns over the condition the A9

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.

Bear Scotland’s North West representative Eddie Ross 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 450t 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.”


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