A68 remains closed as repairs continue

The repair of the A68 trunk road has progressed well with over two layers of rockfill being established at the base of the 20 metre embankment that failed in the extreme weather conditions last week.

Friday, 21st August 2020, 8:19 am
Road repairs are progressing following the damage last week.

Progress on site has benefited from extended working hours agreed with the local quarry supplying the 5,000 tonnes of stone required to reinstate the slope.

Additionally, utilities companies have continued work to temporarily divert services to allow the repair to be completed safely.

The expert team involved in the repair are liaising closely with local authorities in relation to the impact of the closure.

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

Progress to date includes clearing and stabilising the site, securing 5,000 tonnes of stone to rebuild the embankment and initial layers of stone being laid down. Utility companies are also on site to complete the temporary diversion of fibre optic cables to enable the repair to be completed as quickly as possible, with the minimum of disruption possible.

The current diversion is: Northbound traffic is diverted to the A6091 and at the junction with the A7 will travel via Galashiels, Stow and Fountainhall. From here, vehicles join the B6458 to re-join the A68 at Tynehead junction. Southbound traffic should follow the same diversion in the opposite direction.

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