ENVIRONMENT chiefs say they expect a road closed to repair flood defences to reopen by the end of the month.
The Environment Agency has been working to repair the damage done to a flood bank near Greatham Creek for several weeks.
The damage was caused by a tidal surge during storms before Christmas.
The A178 Tees Road has bene closed to traffic since January 6 to allow heavy machinery to carry out the works.
But the agency has warned that restrictions may still be in place after the road reopens as a permanent repair is expected to take three months.
An Environment Agency spokesman said: “The high tide on December 5 caused significant damage to the tidal flood bank to the south of Greatham Creek.
“We have installed a temporary bank and are reinforcing it to resist future high tides.
“We will begin work on the permanent defence once the temporary bank is to standard. Permanent works are expected to take three months.
“The A178 has been closed to ensure the safety of the public and construction workers.
“We expect the road to reopen by the end of the month.
“Traffic restrictions may remain in place.”