OCC is currently investigating a scheme to stabilise the highway embankment at the Flowing Spring pub and in the interim regularly monitor the site. There has been some movement seen in the last month giving them some cause for concern, however an inspection on Wednesday morning indicated that this had accelerated. The depression in the highway has now created an adverse camber and continued movement indicating a potential risk of embankment failure. Unfortunately, and not a decision they take lightly, they have had to relieve any traffic loading on the area of concern.
As the road is narrow they have had little choice but to install two-way traffic lights, which were installed on Wednesday at 6pm. They will ensure the traffic lights are manually controlled at both am and pm peak times in the short term, until they can evaluate if this is absolutely necessary. In addition they will have some bespoke information signs letting people know that the embankment is weak.
They met with the contractor Skanska on Thursday morning to expedite a permanent repair scheme. They will be investigating a number of options with their suppliers and OCC will advise us as soon as they know how quickly they can initiate this work. In the meantime traffic lights will need to remain in position.
Sent to parish and town councils from:
David David Bullock CEng MICE
Highways & Transport Asset Manager
Network & Asset Management Oxfordshire County Council
Environment & Economy, Speedwell House, Speedwell Street, Oxford OX1 1NE Mob: 07917 070657 Fax: 01865 241577