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Landslide-hit road could re-open next week

Image of diggers removing spoil after a landslide

11 October 2019

Image of diggers removing spoil after a landslideA road in north Powys that closed last month due to a landslide could re-open early next week, the county council has said.

The A490 near Guilsfield has been closed since 30 September when a substantial amount of material including soil, stone and trees covered the road.  The landslide happened near the Valley View Holiday Park, Pentre'r Bierdd.

Powys County Council has removed over 3,000 tonnes of material from the landslide. Excavators are currently finishing removing the spoil and today (Friday, October 11) will install a drainage ditch to direct surface water on site to positive drainage.

However, with heavy rainfall expected over the next 48 hours, the road will remain closed over the weekend and will be monitored over the weekend.

Arrangements will be made to clean up the A490 on Monday. A further site visit will take place following the clean-up with a view to re-opening the road Monday evening or Tuesday morning.

Cllr Heulwen Hulme, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "We appreciate the inconvenience the public has experience and apologise for the length of time this road closure has been in place but the safety of road users is paramount and will always take priority."

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