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New road along Mondercange landslide

05.05.2015 From our online archive
Construction on a new road to bypass the Mondercange landslide could start this year, according to the Environment Ministry.

(CS/na) Construction on a new road to bypass the Mondercange landslide could start this year, according to the Environment Ministry.

The March 2014 landslide at a landfill blocked a stretch of the CR106 road between Esch/Alzette and Mondercange.

Around 500,000 tonnes of soil shifted during the landslide and experts in March this year concluded that a stabilisation wall should be built around the border of the landslide, meaning that the road will not be cleared.

Instead, roadworks for a new road are expected to begin this year.

If all goes to plan, a call for tender should be published before the summer holidays and forest clearing works could begin in the autumn, the Environment Ministry said.

The road will more or less run parallel to the CR106, just beyond the landslide. During the roadworks the sewage system between Esch/Alzette and Mondercange will also be repaired.

Additionally, a drainage system will be installed, after tests found water collecting in the western edge of the landslide.

A concept to fully secure the site is meanwhile still under development.

The state will pay for the drainage system and the new road. However, a review at a later stage is set to determine whether the state can claim damages from the private operators of the landfill.

The ministry commented that there was not time to lose, referencing the case of the N27 between Erpeldange and Michelau, which was closed for 17 years after a rockslide and only reopened in December last year.