Ocean Road flood alleviation scheme gathers pace


As construction work for the Ocean Road flood alleviation scheme continues, works affecting the highway on Ocean Road are soon to get underway.

To divert flows from the existing sewers towards the new storm water storage tank in North Marine Park, it is necessary to dig large drive pits in both Ocean Road and Pier Parade. The pits allow access for a machine to cut a tunnel under the road so that pipes can be connected to the tank in the park. This “trenchless” technique avoids the need for the road to be dug up further and for a longer period.

Work on the drive pit in Pier Parade will start on Monday, February 10, with construction work at the junction of Ocean Road and Lawe Road beginning on Monday, February 17.

The works are expected to last up to nine weeks and will involve the use of four-way temporary traffic lights. This will be monitored to ensure traffic is kept flowing as smoothly as possible.

Lynn Preston, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “We are working closely with South Tyneside Council and our contractor, Lumsden and Carroll, to ensure the least disruption possible during this key phase of the flood alleviation works. We thank residents and businesses in the area for their continued patience and understanding.”

For more information contact Mike Chipchase on 0191 301 6720.

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