Future of Beaminster Tunnel to be discussed next month
The future of the Beaminster Tunnel will be discussed at a public meeting next month.
The tunnel has been shut since July after two people died in a following on the A3066. Rosemary Snell and Michael Rolfe died after their car was submerged by tonnes of mud and lay undiscovered for ten days.
A meeting will be held at the Public Hall, Beaminster on Thursday October 18 at 6.30pm. Options for the long-term repairs of the tunnel will be discussed, while it may be possible to soon open the tunnel on a temporary basis.
Options include extending the tunnel and building a bypass around the tunnel.
Cllr Peter Finney, Dorset County Council member for Highways, said: "We are working extremely hard to get the information we need to make the right choice for Beaminster Tunnel.
"With a structure like the Beaminster Tunnel, the possible solutions are not always apparent immediately. Our engineers need to undertake detailed examination to ensure they reach the best possible solution.
"Please come to the meeting, listen to the experts and ask any questions you have."
Specialists have been investigating the site to find out more about the hillside and existing tunnel in recent weeks. Boreholes have been dug into the hill, while the foundations of the tunnel entrance walls have been investigated.