Work to re-open Dura Den road due to begin after two-year wait

Flooding casued by torrential rainfall in October 2012 caused major damage in Dura Den.
Flooding casued by torrential rainfall in October 2012 caused major damage in Dura Den.

Work to repair damage caused by flooding which has resulted in the C45 road through Dura Den being closed since October 2012 is due to get underway next month.

Extreme rainfall caused the Ceres Burn to burst its banks and turned the road through the village into a torrential river. The retaining walls supporting the road collapsed and private properties were also damaged.

Now, two years on, Fife Council has appointed George Leslie Ltd to carry out the repair works.

Councillor Pat Callaghan, executive spokesman for environment and transportation, said: “I am delighted we have appointed a contractor and work will soon get started.

“This has been a complex and challenging project and has been a long time in the planning.

“I commend Dura Den residents for their patience and ask for their co-operation as the works get underway. I hope residents will be happy with the end result.”

George Leslie Ltd will start on site in early December with site preparation and temporary stabilisation works completed before Christmas.

In the New Year, work will begin on the construction of bored pile retaining walls totalling 80m in length.

This will support the road and protect the area from further landslips.

Work is expected to be completed in late spring/early summer.

These works will cost approximately £800,000 to complete.

Work at the Coach House is not included in this contract, as this is being managed by the insurer of the property.

On completion of both contracts, Fife Council will resurface the road throughout the damaged area.