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A616 Opens For The Weekend
The A616 Stocksbridge bypass in South Yorkshire has reopened for the weekend after significant progress was made overnight.

The carriageway was closed in both directions since Thursday to allow contractors to safely access a drainage culvert which runs under the road.

The majority of the blockage has now been removed and water is flowing through the pipe and the road was reopened at 4pm (Friday).

Although there is some silt and debris in the culvert which still needs to be cleared to ensure the flooding doesn’t reoccur.

In order to carry out this work and to undertake a full survey of the drainage, the A616 will be closed from 10am on Monday until Tuesday evening.

Highways England’s service delivery manager for Yorkshire and the Humber, Mark Ramsden, said:

“We have made good progress on clearing the blockage but further work still needs to take place to ensure the culvert is clear.

“We will also be carrying out a CCTV survey of the pipe to establish what the cause of the blockage was to see if future improvements are needed.

“We would like to thank drivers for their patience so far with this and would advise them to leave extra time for their journeys.”

Clearly signed diversions will be in place via the M1. Local diversions are also in place.

Highways England provides live traffic information via its website (www.trafficengland.com), local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile apps. Local Twitter services are also available at @HighwaysYORKS

A616 Opens For The Weekend, 26th January 2018, 18:11 PM