Parts of A303 still closed

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PARTS of the A303 are still closed following heavy rain and flooding.

The eastbound carriageway of the road between the A36 near Deptford and the A360 near Stonehenge was closed on January 9 due to up to 12 inches of water in the road.

A one-mile contraflow system was set up on the westbound carriageway to allow the eastbound route to reopen.

A 50mph temporary speed limit was also been put in place for the safety of road users and 500 sand bags have been taken to the site in case they are needed.

Highways Agency service delivery manager Dave Sledge said: “We have been working closely with the Environment Agency to assess the flooding situation in the area and we have been advised water levels may not return to normal for some time if the spell of wet weather continues.”

The contraflow was removed on Tuesday evening and one lane in each carriageway was reopened.

Mr Sledge said: “We are continually assessing the situation and will do everything we can to get the A303 fully reopened as soon as possible.”

Drivers are advised to leave extra time for their journeys, plan routes in advance and keep up-to-date with the latest road conditions. Pumping water from the carriageway into the River Wylye has been considered but is not possible as the river levels remain very high and additional watermay increase the risk of flooding downstream of the site.

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