Beaminster Tunnel Re-Opens On July 29th
10:02am 17th July 2013
The Beaminster Tunnel is to re-open on Monday 29 July.
Dorset County Council will open the road to two-way traffic at 10am. Temporary traffic signals may be used to allow the contractors to finish off work and ensure the safety of road users.
Rebecca Knox, county councillor for Beaminster, said:
"At last the news is good - the date that you have all been asking about for over a year now. This is great news for us all and particularly those who have been affected by the diversions - whether it was travelling them or living along the busy lanes that had to be used. It has been a frustrating year, but, now, we can get on as before, bearing in mind this was a terrible tragedy and our thoughts are with those family and friends of those who sadly died last year.
"We will finally know the road is open when those diversion signs disappear. What a welcome that will be for everyone."
The A3066 was closed due to a large landslip at the North end of the tunnel, in which two people tragically lost their lives. The road has been closed since early July 2012 for extensive stabilisation work and rebuilding of the portals. The £2.1m project was initially delayed by complex land ownership issues and very bad weather, which prevented access due to the steepness of the slopes.
The current stretch of dry weather has meant that work has progressed as planned. All the soil nailing and mesh to retain the slopes has been completed and the head wall that was destroyed in last year's land slip has been rebuilt. The walls at both ends have been protected with additional concrete walls constructed behind them. The walls on the approaches have been stabilised.
From now until the opening day the remaining work will be completed.