ESSENTIAL work to raise a main road in Upton-upon-Severn to reduce the likelihood of flooding in the future is ahead of schedule say Worcestershire County Council chiefs.
Over the next few weeks Phase Two of the A4104 project is expected to be completed and will result in the road in the Ryall area being raised to levels similar to Phase One at the Upton Marina.
However, there will be temporary ramps down to the Phase Three (middle) section of the scheme during this period and motorists are advised to take caution.
The final part this phase will be to surface and add white lines to the new carriageway.
This must be done at night to allow for cooling of material in time for the road to re-open every morning.
To accommodate this night closures are planned from Monday at 8pm until next Friday at 6am and then again on Tuesday, May 8 at 8pm until Sunday, May 13 at 6am.
Coun Tony Miller, cabinet member with responsibility for the environment, said: “Following discussions with Upton Festival organisers, Malvern Showground, Upton Town Council and Business Partnership, we’ll be moving off site in Upton for the summer.
“This will reduce the impact on traffic flows during the busy festival season that is vital for the area.
“The removal of traffic lights before the RHS Malvern Spring Festival will help traffic through the area during this busy weekend and will be helpful for local high school students starting their GCSEs at the start of the following week.”
The plan is to move off site at the end of May for the summer and take off all temporary lights from May until the start of Phase Three in September.
Work will then restart and involve raising the road between Fish Meadow/ Marina Entrance and Outside Rag House/Ryall’s Chase as well as installing culverts to help with drainage beneath the new road.
As with Phase One and Two, works will be undertaken under temporary traffic lights with a number of night closures at the end of the phase to fully surface and white line the carriageway.
No day closures of the A4104 are expected to take place during this phase and further communications will go out in late August detailing the Phase Three programme.