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Race on to beat the tides.

Byline: By Robert Brooks

Time and tide wait for no man ( so for workmen repairing the Holy Island causeway it will be a race against the rising waters to resurface the road.

Precision planning has gone into the six-week project to ensure that Northumberland County Council can renew the kerbing.

The first stage was successfully completed last year, and next month they will be tackling the final 100-metre stretch of causeway nearest to the island.

But every move will be dictated by the tides, with work beginning as soon as the water goes out and everything having to be put away by the time it comes back in.

County construction and engineering manager Richard Hayes said: "It is certainly a challenge, but thanks to forward planning we are very confident we can be successful again and nobody will even get their feet wet." The authority's executive member for highways, Coun John Smith, said: "There are very few places in the country that face the same logistical challenges, but I know our workforce will do another excellent job."

Other challenges include laying the kerbs, which will have to be installed with quick-drying cement to ensure it is not washed away by the incoming current.

And it will have to be perfectly flush with the side of the road to ensure all surface water drains off the causeway as the tide goes out.

All the resurfacing work, meanwhile, has to be carried out well before the waters begin to rise.

A further 1,000-metre stretch of road towards the island will also be resurfaced as part of the scheme.

Works begin on Monday, September 6, and temporary traffic lights will be in place which may cause minor traffic disruption.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 11, 2005
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