North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) has said that work to stabilise and protect the landslide-prone A174 is progressing well with key equipment set to be removed from site in the next few weeks.
The council has announced route will be closed overnight from Monday for up to two weeks while a crane used by contractor Balfour Beatty to place coastal defence structures is removed.
“We’re happy to report that the main work is on schedule for completion in April,” said NYCC executive member for highways Don Mackenzie. “Renewal of the protection for this stretch of the coast road is a significant financial commitment from both the council and Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). This is a major tourist route, so it is good news for both the local and business community that the project is nearing completion.”
The completed scheme will protect a 1km length of the A174 between Whitby and Sandsend where the road runs close to the shoreline and which has a history of landslips. NYCC has said that over recent winters it has increasingly had to carry out urgent repairs to collapses in the concrete defences, as well as to slips above the road that have led to road closures and traffic management.
The work is being funded by £4.5M from NYCC and £4.7M from Defra and involves replacement of the old concrete defences and stabilisation and redesigning of the upper slope above the road.