Gloucester County Council is to scale back a fractured rock on the main road linking Monmouth and Chepstow.
The A466 Wye Valley is to be closed for 10 weeks from the 26 September for a rock embankment above the road to be scaled back, pinned and netted.
Regular monitoring inspections by the highways geotechnical team confirmed that the embankment was deteriorating and becoming increasingly unstable and the road was made single lane in January this year after it was identified that there were several large pieces of rock that could potentially fall onto the highway.
Amey will start with the removal of trees on edge of embankment followed by scaling back the loose rock and soil. The embankment will then be stabilised using approximately 165 pins and 220m² of netting.
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Gloucester County Council cabinet member for highways and flood Vernon Smith, said: “In the interest of public safety, it is necessary to close this road while our crews undertake the dangerous task of scaling back the fractured rock. I understand the closure is going to cause inconvenience for drivers and local businesses, however this work is significant and much-needed to ensure local residents and visitors from outside of the county remain safe on Gloucestershire’s roads.”
Back in January this year, temporary two-way traffic lights and concrete barriers in the centre of the road were installed to protect the single running lane. Following the completion of the works in December, the road will be re-opened for two-way traffic.