Closed since July 2012, work to repair the subsidence-hit A6106 at Dalkeith will begin “soon”, say Midlothian Council.
The appointed contractor, Crummock, is now on site at the Old Dalkeith Road, where deep cracks appeared on the surface seven months ago.
Council Leader Bob Constable (SNP) said: “We said we were hopeful of fast-tracking this work as soon as we got the results of a specialist ground investigation. And we’ve been able to do that.
“We’ve appointed Crummock as the contractor and it’s encouraging to see progress being made already as we know local people and businesses are as anxious as we are to get the road open as quickly as possible.”
In August the Advertiser reported that Police constable Iain Anderson believed the road could be a problem “for many years.”
The road is a key commuter link from Dalkeith to the capital via Sheriffhall roundabout,
A special ground investigator found that extreme weather, potential mine workings and long term ground movement may all have contributed to a deep underground slip.
Villagers at Lugton, where a diversion is in place, have expressed concern over the volume and speed of traffic running through the village.
The cost of repairs has yet to be established.
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