Causeway to be resurfaced

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Resurfacing works are due to take place on the Holy Island causeway later this year.

Northumberland County Council has applied to the Marine Management Organisation for permission to carry out a full road improvement scheme, following on from a previous scheme on another section of the causeway in 2010.

Earlier this year islanders raised concerns about deep potholes and large pools of standing water on sections of the causeway.

The work shceduled will include repairs to sections of the road followed by full resurfacing works. There will also be edge beams installed in selected areas to enhance drainage.

The work, scheduled for this autumn, is phase four of cyclic resurfacing of the causeway to protect the existing road structure and provide a safe and smooth road surface.

Identical resurfacing works were carried out in 2010 and this phase will be an extension of those works.

Works are programmed to take place from October 27-31, and will be carried out during the day under convoy working to take advantage of the tide times.

Trenches will be excavated along the existing road edge, shuttering will be installed and a concrete foundation cast. The concrete will have rapid hardening agents incorporated so that it is part cured by the time the next tide comes in, and concrete will be covered to avoid any leachates being released.

Northumberland County Council’s AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) team will carry out a Habitats Regulations Assessment prior to undertaking the work.

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