Week of repairs at Beaminster tunnel

Week of repairs at Beaminster tunnel

Published by George Sharpe at 2:59pm 6th March 2020.

Dorset Council's putting up scaffolding and lights for a week of repairs at Beaminster Tunnel.

The tunnel was struck by a vehicle overnight earlier this week, leaving blocks in the A3066 towards from Mosterton to Beaminster.

Damage to one of the right wing walls is believed to be purely aesthetic and Dorset Council say the tunnel is safe.

Temporary lights are in place and scaffolding will be put up on Monday so the damage can be repaired. 

The road will remain open and repairs are expected to be finished by Friday 13th March.

A Dorset Council Spokesperson said:

"Following a road traffic collision in the early hours of Thursday 5 March, Dorset Highways have put up temporary traffic lights at Beaminster Tunnel. 

"On Monday 9 March we're putting up scaffolding so we can inspect and repair the damage. We hope to complete this work by Friday 13 March depending on what we find. 

"While the traffic lights are in place, we will do a general inspection of the tunnel to make sure no other damage has been caused, we will also complete maintenance to the drainage system."

The tunnel was closed for about a year in 2012 after two people were killed by a landslip there. 

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