Glad to hear this, as it is one our special routes. Thanks Paul for bring this information to us.
I'm not sure if we're talking about the same road, but at the moment, Encumeada to Paul da Serra road is closed. drive from Paul da Serra is possible, with dead end road sign, not saying how far you can drive, until the road is closed. from the other side, the road is closed immediately after Encumeada souvenir kiosk.
...just a link to an actually picture of the damaged part of this road,
taken last weekend by hiking group "Caminheiros do Barrete de Orelhas":
We visited this part in june 2014, seems there was nothing since then.
They only consolidated the stone barrier, last year there was left enough space to pass it by bicycle, now you'll have to climb.
thanks for posting the image
I think the problem is not only the damaged part of the road.
The real problem is the rock wall above the road from where the stones broke off.
I could see very much cracks in the wall, it seems to be very unstable.
I think the whole rock wall must be stabilized to get safety.
will forward your comments, opinions to the authorities here.
...I think they know it, better than me...
...as my friend "madBee" from german forum-madeira.eu wrote, there's a news at Jornal da Madeira from today, which says that the road will be re-opened in early 2016.
Okay, there have been many news that said something like that, but this seems more detailed:
take a look to page 5.
It is said, that the constructions have already begun in the beginning of november, and the coast is about 462.000 €.
It is also said, that this road will remain the most dangerous one in the whole region, and from time to time it will be closed because of weather warnings or else.Edited: 22 November 2015, 19:37
thanks for the update. The Jornal da Madeira is reliable. They can clean and repair the road, the infrastructure, make the rockfaces, rocks less dangerous but, because of its location they can never guarantee landslides or rockfalls at particular sections.
So, weather warnings from the IPMA and other Government authorities and advice guidance too must be consulted and obeyed everywhere in the region of Madeira.