Landslip causes A59 road closure in North Yorkshire
- 28 September 2010
- From the section York & North Yorkshire
A section of road in North Yorkshire has been closed due to a landslip caused by stormy weather.
The A59 will be closed at Kexgill, Blubberhouses for the majority of the week.
Experts from North Yorkshire County Council discovered a dry stone wall had fallen on to the road due to pressure from a landslip.
They said storms and rain had uprooted trees on the hill behind, dislodging a thin layer of peat.
Work being carried out by highway contractors is expected to be completed by Friday evening and the road reopened.
A diversion has been set up to take traffic from Harrogate to Otley along the A65 through Ilkley and Addingham to Skipton.
North Yorkshire County Council said it planned a major improvement scheme costing approximately £500,000 to the slopes alongside the A59 at Kexgill.
It is scheduled for next year.