The public is advised that with effect from Monday 14 October 2013 the road between the Briars and Gordons Post will be closed for 10 weeks.

Approval to close the road on a full time basis (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) has been given by the Highways Authority in order for major road maintenance work to take place during this period.

The closure will cause significant disruption to the Island during this time as only Emergency Services will be permitted through access. Residents in the immediate area of the road closure will still have continuous access to their properties and have been informed of the process.

The road will reopen on 20 December 2013 but pending weather conditions and progress the road may close again on 6 January 2014 for a further four weeks. Details regarding this potential closure will issue nearer the time.

The Roads Section apologises for the disruption during this initial closure but will keep the public informed with frequent progress updates.

Notes to Editors:
Statistics for the section of work between the Briars and Hutts Gate:

Length of Closure: 2.3km (aprox. 1.5miles)
Length of Diversion (Hutts Gate to The Briars): 11.8km (aprox 7.4miles)
Additional distance to travel (Hutts Gate and The Canister): 4.2km (aprox 4.7miles)

During the scheme intended works will deliver approximately:

• 11,500m2 of patching and resurfacing
• 1.1km of slipper drain
• 100m of wall to construct
• 200m of wall to repair
• 10 Manholes/Underland Drains
• 75m of Safety Rails to repair or replace

The Roads Section will also be coordinating with Connect Saint Helena in supporting work to improve the water supply pipelines.

18 September 2013

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