Motorists are being given advance notice of a road closure as a flood reduction scheme progresses.
A section of the High Street in Wooler, between the Burnhouse Road junction and the Glendale Road junction will be closed from Tuesday, May 19 2009 to Thursday, May 21 2009. A diversion will be in place along Glendale Road.
The road closure is essential in order to upgrade a section of sewer pipe that runs across this road.
Kevin Fleming, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: "The decision to close part of High Street to traffic was taken after consultation with Northumberland County Council. The road closure is the quickest and safest way to complete this section of work.
“The diversion route was chosen as it is the best alternative route to maintain trade for businesses on Wooler High Street, allowing motorists access to most of the High Street. It is also the quickest and least inconvenient route for motorists.”
Access to commercial and residential properties will be maintained during the course of this work.
This work is part of a £1.2 million upgrade to the sewerage network in the High Street, Church Street and South Road areas of Wooler and will reduce the risk of flooding to four properties and further improve the environment.
The seven-month flood reduction scheme, which began in February 2009, involves upgrading 400 metres of sewer pipe on High Street, Church Street and South Road and constructing a storm water storage tank and combined sewer overflow (CSO).
The 120 cubic metre storage tank, which will be constructed within the Wooler bus station area, will hold storm water in times of very heavy rainfall, to be returned to the sewerage network when the storm has subsided.
Combined sewer overflows are designed to discharge storm water into watercourses in times of very heavy rainfall to protect properties and surrounding land from flooding. The CSO, which is consented by the Environment Agency, will be constructed in Church Street and will improve water quality to the Wooler Water which is a tributary of the River Till.
Anyone with any queries should ring the Northumbrian Water contact centre on 0845 717 1100 or log onto www.nwl.co.uk.
It is unlikely that anyone from the water company will need access into a customer’s property while the work is being carried out and customers should be vigilant of bogus callers. If customers are in any doubt about the validity of a caller claiming to be from Northumbrian Water or the ‘water board’ they should ring the Northumbrian Water customer centre on 0845 717 1100.