The Beaminster Tunnel, closed since July last year following a landslide which claimed the lives of two people, is to be re-opened.
Dorest County Council are scheduling to open up the road to traffic at 10am on Monday 29 July.
Further building work will continue beyond this date and temporary traffic signals may be used at non peak-times.
It has been a frustrating year, but, now, we can get on as before, bearing in mind this was a terrible tragedy and our thoughts are with those family and friends of those who sadly died last year.
The Beaminster Tunnel has now been closed for more than a year, after a landslide which killed a couple from Somerset.
Rosemary Snell and Michael Rolfe were driving home after an evening out on the 7th July when their car was crushed. Their bodies weren't found for ten days. Work has been taking place to stabilise the site but the road is likely to stay shut until the end of the month at least.
Rotten weather and difficult conditions have slowed work to stabilise land around the Beaminster tunnel in Dorset. It's been closed for nearly a year after two pensioners from Somerset were crushed and killed in their car there last July.
The road is now unlikely to re-open before the end of next month.
Our Dorset correspondent Duncan Sleightholme has been following the progress.
Progress is finally being made on work to repair a tunnel in Dorset where two people died in a landslip.
Rosemary Snell and Michael Rolfe died whenn their car was buried in the Beaminster Tunnel in July last year.
After lengthy delays, the tunnel will now be stabilised with a thousand 12 metre long nails.
The re-opening of the Beaminster Tunnel in Dorset has been delayed. It was due to open last month but work will not now be completed until late July. The tunnel was closed last summer after a landslip which killed two people from Somerset.
People in Beaminster say they are disappointed, but not surprised, that work to repair the tunnel is being delayed. It will now reopen several weeks after the original deadline of May.
It is because engineers have been tied up working on other landslides and weather-related problems across the region.
Work to reopen the Beaminster Tunnel has been delayed and will now not meet its original opening deadline of May. Two people died when their car was buried in a landslip at the tunnel in July last year.
The work, which is expected to cost £2.1 million is up to five weeks behind schedule. It is not now due to be completed until June or July. A spokesman from Dorset County Council commented:
We know this is devastating news for the community, and it is certainly not what we had foreseen happening.The design process is complex and does take time. It is extremelyimportant that we get it right.
Any fog patches disappearing this morning. Then it's a cold but fairly bright start to the day. A little more cloud developing in Cornwall.
A sign of things to come. Rain is likely in the Isles of Scilly and the far west of Cornwall by the end of the day.
It will be at least six months before the Beaminster Tunnel reopens in Dorset following a landslide in the summer. Traders in the town say they're worried about the long term impact on their business.
A new scheme has been proposed to encourage visitors to spend money in the town. Watch Duncan Sleightholme's report.
Preparatory work starts at Beaminster Tunnel today ahead of a major repair scheme which will cost £2.1 million. The tunnel's been closed since a landslip in July, which killed an elderly couple in their car. Today contractors will fence off the affected area and clear vegetation.