Work to repair a collapsed river embankment, which forced the partial closure of a main Wolverhampton road, has been completed a week ahead of schedule.

Council highways bosses announced that the outbound carriageway of the A454 Bridgnorth Road in Wightwick reopened at 1pm today (Friday 5 November).

The outbound lane was closed from its junction with Windmill Lane on public safety grounds after a section of the Smestow Brook embankment, which runs next to the highway, collapsed earlier this month and exposed high voltage electricity cables.

Following preparation work, it was estimated that the extensive works would take approximately 3 weeks to complete. However the council is pleased to report that the work has been completed a week ahead of schedule.  
Councillor Steve Evans, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for City Environment and Climate Change, said: “It’s excellent news that we have been able to get the outbound carriageway open far ahead of schedule.

“Wherever possible we want to avoid any disruption to residents using our roads and I’d like to thank everyone for their hard work in completing this project early.

“These works took us by surprise, but they were essential to ensure that the public were not put at risk should any more of the embankment give way.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience whilst the works were completed and apologise for the inconvenience caused.”