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Temporary wall constructed and road reopened in Gardenstown


By Kyle Ritchie

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A cracked wall in Gardenstown that was causing safety issues has had a temporary solution constructed.

Main street in the fishing village was closed on Monday afternoon after cracks were discovered in the roadside retaining wall and was showing signs of recent movement.

Engineers and council officers inspected the damage on Tuesday and work was carried out to stabilise it.

A temporary wall constructed of concrete blocks each weighing approximately 2.4 tonnes was completed, which allowed the road down to the harbour to reopen to traffic at about 4.30pm on Wednesday.

A temporary wall has been constructed in Gardenstown.
A temporary wall has been constructed in Gardenstown.

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: "The temporary measures have been introduced at a roadside retaining wall which had cracked and was showing signs of recent movement.

"After initial signs of new cracks in the wall on Main Street were discovered, Aberdeenshire Council immediately closed the route as a safety precaution.

"Traffic flow continued in between deliveries of the concrete blocks and pedestrian access was maintained throughout the works.

"Meantime, council roads engineers say there has been no obvious sign of further deterioration to the wall.

Engineers and council officers inspected the cracked wall.
Engineers and council officers inspected the cracked wall.

"Given the severity of the bend in the road, existing poor forward visibility and the slow speed of traffic, the decision has been taken not to install temporary traffic lights at the location, however additional warning signs have been erected.

"The council has been in discussion with the owner of the wall and continues to provide them with appropriate advice and guidance as they consider options for a permanent solution."

Related stories:

Gardenstown road closed after concerns over cracking wall

Gardenstown update: Temporary stabilisation work on cracked wall to start Wednesday


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