Essential work to help protect five homes in Shotley Bridge, near Consett, from flooding is to begin on Monday, March 3.
Northumbrian Water is investing £390,000 to upgrade the sewer network in Wood Street, Green Street, Farriers Way and the village green. The work, which is being carried out by contractor Seymour Civil Engineering, is expected to take about 10 weeks to complete.
The scheme involves installing 100 metres of new combined sewer pipe through the village green area to provide relief to the system, plus the construction of seven manholes to connect the new pipes.
It will be necessary to have some traffic management in place during the course of the work. Wood Street will be completely closed to traffic for the duration of the scheme. Short sections of Farriers Way and Green Street will be reduced to a single lane for approximately two weeks.
Construction vehicles will need access to all working areas and a temporary site compound, which will be located to the south-east of the village green. Those properties directly affected by the traffic restrictions will be notified about access and parking issues in advance.
Northumbrian Water is investing £150m between 2010 and 2015 to help protect areas throughout the region that are prone to flooding.
Loren Jennings, the company’s project manager for the Shotley Bridge scheme, said: “We appreciate the upset and devastation that flooding can cause, that is why reducing the risk to customers’ homes and businesses is one of our top priorities.
“Although we appreciate there will be some disruption in the short term, we hope customers will welcome the benefits and protection the scheme brings. We are working closely with Durham County Council to reduce the impact of the work and will do our best to minimise any inconvenience.”
Nobody from Northumbrian Water or Seymour Civil Engineering will need access to homes in the area while the work is being carried out.
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