The Kier-led project to repair the flood damaged A591 in Cumbria has been completed ahead of schedule.
Environment minister Rory Stewart reopened the critical Lake District tourist route today after it was badly damaged in December’s storms.
Construction teams have been working seven days a week to repair the road. A 106m retaining wall has been built at Dunmail Raise, while repairs have been carried out on three bridges, seven other retaining walls and 91 drains.
A total of 44,000m2 of road has been resurfaced and rock netting has been fitted along a 90m stretch.
Stewart said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to open this road on behalf of the government. We took over this project – unusually – because of the extreme flood damage.
“The work to open the A591 early shows how we are standing firmly behind communities hit by December’s flooding with investment in infrastructure, new flood defences and promoting the region across the world. I am delighted Highways England has managed to do this at such high quality in very difficult circumstances.”