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Geo-Rope starts Aberdeenshire landslip stabilisation


Geo-Rope has started stabilisation work on a landslip in Crovie, Aberdeenshire.

The landslip, which blocked the access road into Crovie, will require soil nailing, relaying of the existing road and installation of surface water drainage.

Aberdeenshire Council closed the road in September 2017 due to significant movement of the existing landslip and to allow investigative work to be carried out. 

The £500,000 scheme will comprise of the drilling and installation of 175, 32mm-diameter steel soil nails into the slope. Wire mesh and erosion protection matting will then be draped over the nailed slope face.

The slope will be drained and surface water run-off from the road and upper slope will be managed to help increase slope stability.

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

In a statement, Aberdeenshire confirmed that the work would take a shorter time: “The overall project duration has been reduced from the anticipated 14 weeks down to 8 to 10 weeks, dependent on the ground conditions encountered, meaning we expect to be out of the area at the beginning of October instead of mid-November.”

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.

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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