Essential repairs to the sewer network above the new Tyne Tunnel in Jarrow are due to start on Monday, February 17.
Northumbrian Water is installing 100m of new pipes to divert the existing sewer network in the linear park between Ferry Street, Chaytor Street and Commercial Road.
Contractor Amey is carrying out the work, which is expected to take about 18 weeks to complete.
The children’s play area off Ferry Street will be closed for the duration of the work for safety reasons, and the shared footpath and cycleway will be diverted along Commercial Road to accommodate a temporary site compound in the park.
Some traffic management will be necessary in Ferry Road at times. Anyone directly affected will be notified in advance of any access and parking restrictions.
Beatrice Brindley, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “Following construction of the new Tyne Tunnel crossing it was found that the existing main interceptor sewer had settled by a significant amount, making it a risk to the sewer system.
“Rather than digging up the new play area that is situated directly above the sewer pipes, we have devised a plan to divert the sewer through the landscaped area and reconnect it in Commercial Road.
“We apologise to customers for any inconvenience the work may cause. We are working closely with tunnel operator TT2 and South Tyneside Council to keep disruption to a minimum.”
Anyone who requires further advice or has 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.