Looe roads to re-open before summer holidays
The main roads into Looe could be re-opened in time for the summer holidays, Cornwall Council has announced.
If an agreement can be met between the council, property owners, police and the Health and Safety Executive by the end of this week, work to stabilise St Martin’s Road and the surrounding area will begin on Monday April 20.
“We appreciate that the ongoing closure of St Martin’s Road is causing problems for many local residents and businesses and are committed to reopening the road as quickly as possible” said Paul Masters, Cornwall Council’s interim chief executive.
Separated into two parts, the first phase of the scheme is expected to take between eight to ten weeks to complete, with the road then re-opening to traffic under traffic light control before the start of the main school summer holidays in July.
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Mr Masters said: “Our engineers have been working to draw up a scheme which will enable us to partially re open the road before the main summer season gets underway.
“We are now waiting for the affected residents, the police and Health and Safety Executive to give us the formal go ahead to start the work.”
Both the B3253 St Martin’s Road and the A387 Sandplace Road were originally closed to traffic following the fatal landslip on March 22, which claimed the life of 68-year-old grandmother Susan Norman.
The first phase of the works will involve installing concrete piles into the rock strata under the road at half-metre intervals along the 15 metre length adjoining the property affected by the landslip.
At the same time alternate inclined rock-anchors will be used to provide additional stability, with the whole area then capped with a concrete edge beam.
The council said the works, which are expected to cost between £100,000 and £150,000 to complete, will enable the road to be re-opened under traffic light control by July19.
The second phase of the scheme will be completed during the winter, which will allow the road to return to full two-way operation.
Diversions into Looe are in place via Sandplace Road and council representatives said further signs highlighting the diversions have been arranged.
The Council is also offering free parking for coaches in the Council owned car park during May.
Meanwhile an independent survey of the stability of the land adjoining Sandplace Road has been commissioned on behalf of affected residents and a joint-investigation into the landslide by the police and Health and Safety Executive is ongoing.
Information on the works which are taking place in Looe and advice and activities for local residents and businesses are available on the Council’s website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/looelatest