Mountain road re-opens after landslide

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THE mountain road has been re-opened following a clear up operation following a landslip yesterday (Wednesday) evening.

It re-opened at noon on Thursday.

The collapse affected a 20-yard section of the embankment on the Mountain Mile, which deposited a 12-foot high mound of debris onto part of the carriageway. In the region of 50 tonnes of soil had impinged on the carriageway and this has now been taken away in a series of lorry movements as the slip was cleared using Department of Infrastructure diggers.

The slippage was reported by drivers at about 4pm and police closed the road from Ramsey Hairpin to the Creg-ny-Baa. Drivers already heading out of Douglas were diverted at the Bungalow via Tholt-y-Will.

Department of Infrastructure construction engineer Gary Saunders said fog and failing light meant they had decided to leave the road closed overnight and tackle the problem at first light on Thursday instead.

Mr Saunders said: ‘The slip was caused by the recent heavy rainfall penetrating the surface and destabilising the soil above the road. Though only a minor slip, the consequences of a car swerving at high speed to avoid it could have been catastrophic.’

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