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Images | A68 repaired in under a month after storm collapse

14 September 2020
Images: Bear Scotland

The A68 near Fala in Scotland has been repaired in under a month after part of the trunk road was destroyed in a storm in the early hours of 12 August.

A 20m-high embankment collapsed, leaving a large gap in the carriageway. Road maintenance firm Bear Scotland cleared and stabilised the site and used an estimated 5,000 tonnes of rock to rebuild the embankment.

It built back the embankment up close to road level before phase three of the repairs commenced, including construction of kerbing, road drainage, the footpath and the roadside safety barrier. The surface layers of the new road were then laid down and road markings added.

Andy Thompson, Bear Scotland’s representative for the South East, said: “From the moment Bear Scotland took over, our priority has been to get the A68 rebuilt and reopened as quickly and safely as possible.

“It’s been a real team effort to reach this stage, from the engineers designing, planning and supervising the repairs, to the workforce on site operating the machinery and carrying out construction work.

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