Long-running roadworks which have caused misery for motorists and traders will be completed by Friday it has been announced.
The Severn Trent project on Compton Bridge in Wolverhampton was originally due to be finished in April.
But the work to repair a leak at the site on the A454 Bridgnorth Road was found to be more complicated than expected and has led to delays.
Severn Trent spokeswoman Sarah O’Kane said: “I am pleased to say that the road will be opened on Friday.
There is still some work to be carried out on the bridge, however we do not know how long this will take at the present time.”
Severn Trent said the company would pay compensation to businesses who showed they had been adversely affected by the roadworks. Business owners say they have seen a drop in trade because customers wanted to avoid the traffic blackspot.
Vicky Warner, a receptionist at Taylor Biddle Opticians, on Bridgnorth Road, said: “This is very welcome news for us and our customers
“A few of our clients have been late to their appointments because of the roadworks so we are pleased that the road is going to finally be in use again and we can get back to normal.”
Adila Akhtar, owner of Compton’s Dry Cleaner’s & Laundretter, said: “It is about time this work was over and done with because it has affected a lot of businesses including my own. I know a lot of people will be pleased that the work will be completed and hopefully business will pick up again.
“I am currently in the process of claiming compensation but it is very time consuming.”
Paul Uppal, MP for Wolverhampton South West, held a meeting last month for traders affected by the roadworks.
Harpal Pahal, 25, manager of The Wineseller on Bridgnorth Road, said: “I intend to apply for compensation but filling out the claim forms is not as easy as you might think.
Every business has to provide details of its sales from the last six months, which is time-consuming when you are putting so much effort into keeping your business afloat.”