Dunsdale Haugh road closure required for Selkirk Flood Scheme works

Published: Tuesday, 18th November 2014

Starts on Monday 24 November.

Essential works associated with Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme mean a section of Dunsdale Haugh road will be closed from Monday 24 November.

Closure details

  • Between the main entrance to Oregon Timber and the entry to Riverside Mills
  • Scheduled to last until Friday 19 December when the road will be reopened for the festive period.

Why is this closure required?

The closure follows work to a section of Scottish Water sewer pipe that is being diverted between Raeburn Place and the rear of the waste water treatment works.

These works have been ongoing in the Oregon Timber car park and at land beside Allied Storage for the past few months, and work on the final section along a stretch of Dunsdale Haugh commenced last week.

However, unexpected sandy ground conditions have presented a potential safety risk to both those undertaking the works and motorists on this section of the road, which means a full closure is required.

Local access will be maintained to all local businesses and the project team is continuing to communicate this message to stakeholders and companies in the area.

What diversion should I use?

While the closure is in place, southbound motorists should travel via the A7, A707 and B7014 to access Dunsdale Haugh, while northbound should go via the B7014, Mill Street, A707 and A7.

Conor Price, Project Manager of the £31.4million Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme

“It is hugely disappointing that we have had to request this full closure of a stretch of Dunsdale Haugh.

“The works had been designed to avoid this situation but the ground conditions we have encountered under Dunsdale Haugh mean that it would not be possible to undertake the works – which require trench supports to be put in place to secure the excavation - and ensure the safety of the road.

“The project team is currently reviewing the programme to try and deploy additional resources to this location. We hope that it will be possible to complete this section of work and reopen this stretch of road as soon as possible.

“The closure will not be in place during the festive holidays which we hope will lessen the impact on local people.

“We thank the people of Selkirk for their continued understanding as we deliver a project which will see 595 properties in the Bannerfield, Philiphaugh and Riverside areas of the town removed from the national flood risk register.”