WORK is finally set to get underway to repair a wall that collapsed into a Stourbridge street 15 months ago.
The imposing Red Hill wall, which crumbled into the road on Christmas Eve 2012, was given a temporary £10,000 fix just over a year ago but permanent repairs had been on ice while authorities tried to determine who owned it.
However, West Midlands Police has now been confirmed as the land owner - due to an historic deal agreed when force owned land was sold off - and work is now set to be carried out on the retaining wall by Halesowen-based contractors Nu-Weld Engineering Services.
A start date of March 24 has been set - and the busy road, which has only been open one-way for 12 months, will be closed completely for 15 weeks until July 7.
Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, Dudley's cabinet member for transportation, said: “We are supporting the owners while they make these repairs to the wall. We have been working with transport operators, Centro and nearby residents to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum.
“We hope people will bear with us while this important work is carried out so we can return the road to two way traffic.”
The road, which will be closed off to traffic between The Heathlands and Arlington Court, will re-open to two-way traffic once the work has been completed.
Diversions will be in place.