Work to secure the ground above the Midford Road landslide and clear the route is set to begin in July, Bath and North East Somerset Council have announced.
Tenders have been received by the Council for the works which they anticipate will be completed by September allowing the road to be re-opened.
The landslide, which took place on private land next to the road, is to be dealt with by the Council after they were requested by the landowner to take the necessary steps on their land in order to re-open the road at cost to them.
The road was fully closed at the start of February after the landslip blocked some of the carriageway, but the Council were able to re-open half of the road at the beginning of March.
Some utility and engineering works were required to achieve the re-opening of the road and need to be completed before final stabilisation can be undertaken.
- Specialist contractors were needed to move telecommunications and utility cables displaced by the landslip;
- As each landslip is unique due to the gradient of the land and the local geology it was necessary to design a bespoke solution. In this case, a specialist designed the solution to stabilise the bank using concrete piles.
- To install the substantial concrete piles the contractor will need to drill holes though the embankment with a specialist drilling rig and cast each concrete, tube like, pile individually.
The Council say they will issue further updates once they have finalised dates with their contractor.