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Cobo coast road should reopen in a few weeks

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COBO coast road should reopen within a few weeks, after traffic problems during extensive work on the seawall.

Sand banks on Cobo beach as a result of the work being undergone on the coastal wall. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 28696434)

The urgent work started at the beginning of May, with repairs on a 21m stretch of the wall.

But then it was discovered a section of the seawall in front of Rockmount also needed repairs.

It has forced the coast road to be one-way northbound over the summer and this has led to traffic problems in neighbouring roads.

An Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services spokesperson said the work was progressing well.

‘The one-way is due to be removed at the end of the first week of October and the traffic lights at the southern filter should be removed in the next week,’ they said.

‘There will need to be some traffic lights at the northern filter once works reach there.’

There have been problems with traffic along Rue de Bouverie, which has been used as the diversion. However, from the start of October it cannot be used as a diversion route. From 5 October until 23 October the road will be closed to Guernsey Electricity to carry out work.

While the start of the sea wall work was delayed, it has progressed well since then and is said to be on time.

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‘There has been more rebuild on the southern works than anticipated, but the contractor has been working to ensure this does not impact on the duration of the works,’ the spokesperson said.

Large piles of sand have started appearing on the beach to allow the workers to fully access the wall.

‘The sand on the beach is being excavated at the base of the wall to allow maintenance to take place over the full height of the wall on the seaward side,’ the spokesperson said.

‘The sand will refill the excavation once maintenance works are complete.’

Juliet Pouteaux

By Juliet Pouteaux
News reporter

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