EMOTIONAL RESCUE

This article discusses the planning of the cut-and-cover tunnel under Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England; it includes a route map. In this project, collaboration between client, engineers, archaeologist, and landscape architect is considered especially important. In March 2000, The Highways Agency (HA) awarded Mott MacDonald the design commission for the reconstruction of the A303 trunk road past Stonehenge and the adjacent Winterbourne Stoke bypass. 10.8km of the A303 will be upgraded, and a cut-and-cover tunnel will hide this section of the road in its scenically most sensitive area. The proposed solution was developed in consultation between government, environmental, and local interests, and is estimated to cost #130M. It is designed to reduce the road's impact and relieve congestion. The A344 road and the car park next to Stonehenge will also be removed, and a new visitor centre will be built at nearby Amesbury. Stonehenge is one of the world's most important archaeological sites, with many important underground works and some yet to be discovered. Besides the tunnel, there will be many earthworks, including cuttings and embankments, and careful landscaping is needed. The site investigations will concern mainly the properties and variabiliity of materials, but also details at the positions of the structures.

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    EMAP CONSTRUCT LIMITED

    151 ROSEBERY AVENUE
    LONDON,   United Kingdom  EC1R 4QX
  • Authors:
    • WHEELER, P
    • LOVELACE, N
  • Publication Date: 2000-8

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  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 16-7
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00799835
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 6 2000 12:00AM