Essential work to help protect homes and businesses in Loftus, near Redcar, from flooding is to begin next month.
.Northumbrian Water is investing £700,000 to renew a large water main to remove the likelihood of any future leaks or flood damage in the Queens Road and Westfield Way areas of the town.
The work, which is being carried out by Seymour Civil Engineering, will start on Monday, October 4 and is expected to take up to four months to complete.
People can find out more about the scheme and raise any questions or concerns at a customer information session, held by Northumbrian Water, at Loftus Youth and Community Centre, Duncan Place, on Wednesday September 25 between 2pm and 7pm.
Richard Johnston, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “There has been a problem with this section of trunk main for a number of years. It has burst twice in the last couple of years, flooding about 52 properties in Queens Road.
“We have looked at various ways to re-route the water main and it has been agreed that the best solution is to take it out of the residential area and replace it through what is predominantly farmland.
“Although we appreciate there will be some disruption in the short term, we hope customers will welcome the long term benefits and protection the scheme brings.”
The work will see 1.4km of new 12-inch diameter pipe installed on farmland to the north of Queens Road and across sections of Cowscote Crescent, Lumley Street and to the rear of Cliff Crescent.
Some traffic management will be required during the course of the work, with rolling road closures at Cowscote Crescent, Lumley Street, High Road and Cliff Crescent. Households that are directly affected will be notified one week before the temporary measures are put in place.
Construction traffic will need access to the areas where the work is being carried out, as well as the temporary site compounds located in a field off Seymour Hill Terrace and land off Deepdale Road.
Customers who require further advice or have any special requirements should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or log on to www.nwl.co.uk.
For more information contact Mike Chipchase on 0191 301 6720.