RELIEF looks to be in sight for drivers who have been blighted by delays on a main road – around 18 months after a land slip affected the roadside.
Traffic lights have been in place on the A1086 road between Blackhall and Horden since early last year after a landslip at the nearby dene.
Traffic lights have been in place ever since, restricting traffic to one lane, away from the side of the road affected by the land slip.
There had been speculation last year that the road would need to close and people travelling between Peterlee and Hartlepool would have to use an alternative route, including the A19.
But council chiefs have confirmed that work is due to start this week to clear the land slip and it is expected to take around 10 weeks to complete.
John Reed, Durham County Council’s head of technical services, said: “Dealing with a landslip is a complex issue and it can take time to establish the best possible remedy.
“We are now able to confirm that work to clear and prepare the site of the landslip on the A1086 will start this week.
“The main works will begin on Monday, September 1 and are expected to take about 10 weeks to complete.
“We hope to be able to remove all temporary traffic restrictions by early November.”