Good Progress on Stabilising Beaminster Tunnel
11:04am 27th May 2013
Wessex FM's been told that good progress is being made with work to stabilise the slopes above Beaminster Tunnel.
300 soil nails have now been put in place.
Due to the steep incline some of the work has been carried out by abseiling crews.
Miles Butler, director for environment, said:
"This is an extremely complex project in difficult working conditions and we are continually adapting to the challenges we find on site.
"Due to the steep incline of the slopes, abseiling crews have been putting soil nails in place on the steepest, hardest to reach areas. Excavators with long reach arms are used wherever possible as they can work several times faster.
"In a small area low level area beyond the south end of the tunnel and walls , where we found extremely wet ground conditions, the test nails will not work and we are designing an alternative solution to stabilise this area.
"Despite our best efforts we are now expecting the tunnel to reopen in late July."
It is likely that the tunnel will reopen under two-way traffic lights to enable work to continue on drainage of the slopes. Common Water Lane, a track which runs above the tunnel, will not reopen until the end of August.