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Slope Stabilisation Work To Take Place At Wyke Road Tunnel

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7:54am 30th October 2014

Work to stabilise a slope and re-open a footpath next to the Wyke Road tunnel in Weymouth will start at the beginning of November.

The £200,000 project, joint-funded by both Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and Dorset County Council, will see two phases of work.

Phase one will start on Monday 3 November and will take around eight weeks to finish.

The work includes repairing and anchoring the east wing wall of the Wyke Road Tunnel and stabilisation of the upper slope.

Phase two of the scheme will begin in the New Year to stabilise the lower slope and reinstate the footpath from Wyke Road to the Rodwell Trail.

The Rodwell Trail and Wyke Road tunnel will remain open during the work, although the width of a small section of the trail will be reduced and cordoned off for the site.

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has appointed local consulting engineer Aspley Associates to undertake the design and contractor Westpointe Limited to carry out the work.

The contractor will aim to minimise disruption, but as the work will involve drilling some noise will be unavoidable. Information and safety boards will be set up on the approaches to inform trail users of the work.

Residents and visitors are reminded that the footpath from Wyke Road onto the Rodwell Trail is currently closed due to the unstable slope and alternative routes should be used until the works are complete.

Residents and businesses likely to be affected will be sent letters about the work.

The normal working hours for the works are weekdays between 8am and 6pm. Weekend working is unlikely, but dependent upon severe weather and ground conditions.

Cllr Christine James, Briefholder for Transport and Infrastructure at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: "The Rodwell Trail is a vital link for many residents and visitors to the borough and the stabilisation of the wing wall will ensure the route remains safe and enjoyable for the thousands who use it.

"This is important work and it's good news that the trail will be able to stay open for the duration. We would like to thank residents and users for their patience whilst the work is taking place."

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