Date published: 17 January 2020
Flooding at Short Ferry has been ongoing for weeks
Short Ferry Road – near Fiskerton, Lincoln – could open before the end of January.
Last week, Lincolnshire County Council carried out an initial assessment on the state of the road after the floodwaters subsided. The tests used specialist equipment to assess the lower levels of the road, and the results have shown that the road hasn't deteriorated as initially feared.
Over the next two weeks, the Environment Agency will continue to pump water from the road and the surrounding fields. Further tests on the road and the nearby electricity poles will be carried out during this time.
Once the Environment Agency's pumps have been removed, the road can then be reopened.
Karen Cassar, Assistant Director for Highways, said: "We're pleased that our initial test has shown that the road hasn't been weakened by the floodwater and we'll be able to reopen it soon.
"Throughout the winter and into the warmer months we'll continue to monitor the condition of Short Ferry Road closely. We may need to carry out more works on the road as the ground underneath it dries out fully."
Cllr Ian Fleetwood, councillor for Bardney and Cherry Willingham, said: "After weeks of work, the immediate end to the problems on Short Ferry Road is in sight. Although the initial test results are positive, we will need to keep a close eye on the condition of the road over the coming months to see the full extent of the flooding damage.
"With the amount of water that was covering the road and the surrounding fields, it has not been easy to get to this point, and it was right not to rush the reopening of the road and put drivers at risk.
"The Environment Agency will continue to pump over the next fortnight and then, once the pumps have been moved off the carriageway, we should see the road open to traffic once again."