A geotechnical engineer today confirmed that the unstable rock face at Mount Bingham presented too much of a danger to public safety to open even one lane of the road.
The specialist engineer, who was brought over to the Island to advise the contractor employed by the Parish of St Helier, recommended full remediation work to be started as soon as possible as there was no quick fix solution feasible.
Transport and Technical Services (TTS) who are also providing technical advice to the Parish have called a meeting tomorrow to discuss how disruption to the travelling public can be minimised. They will be encouraging the contractor to start work on the rock face as soon as possible and accelerating the project as much as possible. TTS will also be talking to the JEC who has a planned closure of Mount Bingham from next week for laying the Normandy 3 cable on the adjacent section of road from South Hill to Green Street. It is hoped that these two sets of works can be coordinated keeping the road closure disruption to a minimum, however it is likely to be weeks rather than days before cars will be able to use the Mount Bingham route.
This road closure will continue to cause a lot of traffic delays across the south of St Helier. Motorists are advised to find alternative routes if at all possible and leave more time for their journeys.
Deputy Kevin Lewis, Minister for Transport said: “My Department is doing all it can to liaise with both the Parish of St Helier contractors and the JEC to ensure the essential work is undertaken as quickly as possible.”