A68 fully reopened at Fala

Temporary traffic lights on the A68 near Fala have been removed following the completion of works adjacent to the carriageway to repair landslide damage.

Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 6:48 am
The landslip occured in the early hours of August 12 following severe weather.
The landslip occured in the early hours of August 12 following severe weather.

The A68 reopened to traffic on the morning of Monday, September 7, however traffic lights have been in place since then for the safety of workers and road users while surfacing of the footpath, further drainage improvements and landscaping were completed.

Severe weather in the early hours of August 12, on the A68 /B6367 from Pathhead to the B6458 at Fala Dam, resulted in damage to the carriageway as the 20-metre-deep embankment below it failed. As a result, a full closure of the A68 was in place, with a signed diversion route in operation.

Initial works included clearing and stabilising the site and securing 5,000 tonnes of stone to rebuild the embankment. Utility companies then completed works to relocate services, allowing phase two of the rockfill to continue.

Work to repair the damaged A68 near Fala was carried out.

The embankment was then built back up close to road level and phase three of the repairs commenced, including construction of kerbing, road drainage, the footpath and, critically, the roadside safety barrier. The surface layers of the new road were then laid down and road markings added.

Each stage was carefully programmed and coordinated to minimise the overall timeline without compromising safety or quality of construction.

Work continued through the night to get the road re-opened last week. albeit with temporary traffic lights, which were removed on Monday.