In 2007, Upton upon Severn was so badly hit by flooding, it was reduced to an island. More recently in 2014, the A4104 road had to be closed for several days due to flooding and the only way to access the town was by boat or army truck
This flood alleviation scheme in Upton forms part of a programme of schemes from Worcestershire County Council to reduce the risk of flooding on key sections of the highway network. The main aim being to keep residents and businesses moving during flooding and keep Worcestershire 'Open for Business'. The majority of funding for this scheme comes via the Local Growth Fund through the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership. It is the latest of several hundred flood alleviation and drainage schemes implemented by the County Council since 2007.
Overview of Scheme
Once complete, the scheme will have raised over 500 metres of the A4104 in Upton between A38 and the Marina by up to 0.8 meters (2.5ft). This will mean the road will be able to remain open for longer during floods, even if water levels reach that of 2014. In addition the road is set to be widened, footways improved and drainage from surrounding fields improved along with a new, better turn lane into the Marina.
To minimise the impact of the scheme on traffic during the important local festival season, completion of the works has been phased:
Phase 1 was completed ahead of schedule at the end of. This phase included raising and widening of the road, a new right turn filter lane installed for the Marina as you come over the bridge and the creation of a new wider footway.
Phase 2 also completed ahead of schedule in order to move offsite before the main festival season in the area began. This phase concentrated on the raising and widening of the road in the Holly Green area..
Phase 3 began in September and involves the installation of new culverts under the road to help with draining in addition to extending and strengthening the existing culverts.
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