Monmouthshire: Four options to clear A40 rockfall debris

Delays to clear the rockfall on the A40 which caused a closure of the road in February are still in the planning stages. Meanwhile traders and motorists in Monmouth still suffer with traffic gridlock, made worse by collisions such as the one last Friday, May 10 when a two-car crash saw both carriageways closed to clear the road. It was reported that one car was in the hedge on Ross side, the other was in the fast lane coming from Ross towards Monmouth, says the Monmouthshire Beacon.

There were large tailbacks on the A40 from Monmouth towards Ross southbound and past Raglan northbound following the crash at the Dixton roundabout, made worse by a broken down vehicle on Wye Bridge. Traffic Wales South urged drivers to avoid the area and find an alternate route.

The A40 was gridlocked northbound back through the Gibraltar tunnels to Raglan services from the lights. Drivers were diverting via Rockfield, Skenfrith, Whitchurch and Llangrove, making the roadworks at Bridges a nightmare to negotiate.

Traffic was beginning to move again shortly after 5pm.

Traffic management specialists have drawn up four options which will enable roadworkers safe working space at Leys Bend for the debris to be removed and for more detailed surveys to be carried out on the embankment.

One lane is still currently closed on the eastbound carriageway with a temporary concrete barrier in place to stop any further rocks falling into the path of traffic.

(Pic – Mapillary)


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