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Wall stabilisation underway to reopen A59 next week

Work to stabilise a wall below the A59 at Kex Gill is underway with the aim of opening the road to single-file traffic next week.

Following ground investigations, North Yorkshire County Council has confirmed that its contractor has started to stabilise the wall below the road.

The road was closed on 30 May following ground movements and the council has said that work is underway on a final design solution that will allow the route to reopen while proposals to re-route the road are considered.

Kex Gill

Kex Gill

The contractor worked over the weekend ready for the shotcrete process today (Monday 2 July), including drilling steel rods to attach a reinforcement mesh , including filling voids between the walling stone. The carriageway will also be widened towards the rock wall to create sufficient width to reopen the road. 

The aim is to have a single carriageway open to vehicles under traffic light control by the end of the weekend of 7 and 8 July.

North Yorkshire County Council executive member for highways Don Mackenzie said: “Since the road closed we have been working to reopen it as soon as possible, albeit under traffic lights initially. We understand the disruption being faced by local communities, travellers who use the road and particularly by local businesses. It is for the sake of all those people that we want to open the road as early as we can safely do so.”

Details of a permanent solution to realign this section of the A59 to the other side of the valley were also unveiled by the council this weekend. 

Kex Gill

Kex Gill

Proposed new route of the A59

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