The final phase of flood alleviation work on the A4104 just outside of Upton upon Severn is on track to be completed in spring.
The start of works on Phase 3 were held off until September to ensure traffic was kept running as smooth as possible during the important festival activities over the summer months.
In order to ensure that traffic on the A4104 is as free flowing as possible over the Christmas period, we'll will be opening the new road temporarily to two way traffic with no traffic lights, from Friday 21 December to Sunday 6 January.
Councillor Tony Miller, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for The Environment, said: "'These major works at Upton to reduce the likelihood of the main road flooding are progressing well. With 26 new drainage culverts having been installed under the new road already, the whole scheme is really starting to take shape. We hope that opening of the new road temporarily over the Christmas period will help to ease congestion for local residents and those visiting the area."
Traffic will then be diverted back to the temporary road on Monday 7 January under traffic lights, whilst progress continues to ensure the works are completed in the spring. The current temporary footpath will continue to be used throughout the two week period and tower lights installed to provide safe passage for those using the footpath.
Since works on the final phase began, a new temporary road and footpath has been built next to the main road, currently being used for all traffic and pedestrians. This diversion has enabled 24 circular culverts and 2 box (square) culverts to be inserted under the main road, which is also being rebuilt at a higher level. These huge drainage systems will help to prevent flooding by allowing water to pass under the road. Previously there were only five culvert drains all of which were over 100 years old.
From January onwards, works on the new road include kerbing, installation of ducts for services, footpath construction and the installation of crash barriers.
To keep up to date with progress, visit Upton Flood Alleviation Scheme on the Council's website.