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£1.5 Million Road Repairs Start

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:41am 2nd December 2013.

Major improvement works are set to begin this week to repair the B3247 Seaton to Hessenford road which was badly damaged following last December’s floods.

The exceptionally heavy rainfall in 2012 resulted in two landslips along the stretch of road, leaving large cracks in the southbound carriageway and a repair bill of around £1.5m, for which the Council approved additional funding.

The first phase of works will begin on Monday 2 December to repair the section of road at Keveral Mill, with work expected to begin on the collapse further down the valley on Monday 6 January. The road will remain open under traffic light control for the duration of the works, which are anticipated to last for around six months.

Over recent months CORMAC Solutions Ltd, which is carrying out the repairs on behalf of the Council, has carried out preparatory works including geotechnical surveys and an assessment of underground utility services. The repair works have been designed to minimise the impact on the ecology of the area.

Councillor Jim Candy, Cornwall Council local Member for Trelawny, said: “I am pleased that an engineering solution has been found to stabilise these two stretches of road, and that the engineers have incorporated gaps in the parapets to allow for the migration of the toads from the woodland to their breeding wetland habitat in the valley bottom. Local residents are pleased that one carriageway will be kept open, and the work should be finished by the busy summer tourist season.”

Councillor Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Transport and Waste, said: “I visited Seaton just after the 2012 storm. I was struck then by the overwhelming force that nature can suddenly, without warning, unleash, by the fragility of the connections between communities over which we must keep constant vigil, and by the tenacity and calmness of the people whose daily lives have been so ruptured by the damage to their lifeline approach road. The repair job is a big and complex one and I am very glad to see it getting under way. Thanks to the designers, surveyors and dedicated workforce of Cormac, to those who have advocated for the resource to get things done, and to Seaton for being patiently stoic.”

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