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Monday, 29 February 2016

Slope damaged A59 reopens

North Yorkshire county council engineers reopened the A59 at Kex Gill at the weekend after making good progress with extensive drainage and stabilisation works.

The work was carried out to stabilise the slope above the road on 5 January when cracks appeared on the hillside following heavy rains over Christmas.

Geotechnical engineers and contractors have pushed ahead with complex and extensive remedial works around the clock to the relief of residents, businesses and the travelling public.

County councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways, said: "We are delighted to be able to open the road this weekend.

"The slopes are steep and this high ground is subject to harsh weather conditions, but we have been able to push on with the work more recently.

"We know how difficult the closure of this busy road has been for everybody concerned and we have made every effort with our contractors to get the work completed as efficiently and speedily as possible. "

Local county councillor John Fort thanked residents and businesses for their patience during the closure. The county council said conditions on the slope will be monitored.

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