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Investigations to protect Leven Bank are under way

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Work to protect Leven Bank in Yarm is being brought forward following the recent spell of wintery weather.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council regularly monitors the condition of the road and bank and had planned to carry out work this summer to make sure the roadside was maintained.

However, the latest inspection has revealed the recent snow and ice has caused erosion to the river bank which needs further investigation.

Concrete barriers will be positioned in front of the existing low level crash barrier on the westbound side of the carriageway while the options for the best way to restore the bank and protect it from future erosion are assessed.  They will be installed this afternoon and temporary traffic lights will be in place between 1pm and 3.30pm while this takes place. 

Then, in preparation for the main works, investigations and tree thinning will be carried out.  This will start on Monday 12 February and is expected to last around one week.  During this time traffic will be one-way, controlled by temporary traffic lights.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: “Leven Bank is a busy commuter road so we continuously assess its condition to make sure it is safe for everyone who uses it.

“As part of our planned maintenance programme, work to maintain and protect the road was planned for this summer. However, we have decided to bring this forward as a result of the recent bad weather which has caused some erosion to the bank.  The erosion to the bank is about 160 metres west of the bridge, which is unaffected by the erosion.

“We appreciate that the road is very well used so we will do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum and that is why the road will remain open while these initial investigations take place.”