Almost two million pounds is being invested to help protect homes in Bishop Auckland from flooding.
From Monday October 13 2014, Northumbrian Water will begin work on the £1.8 million scheme to reduce the risk of flooding to properties in Rutland Avenue, Woodhouse Lane, Arthur Terrace and Watling Road.
The work, which is expected to take seven months, will involve upsizing nearly 1km of existing sewer pipes.
Ian Cunliffe, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “Reducing the risk of flooding to customers’ homes and businesses is one of our top priorities as we appreciate the distress and inconvenience it can cause.
“With weather patterns changing we are seeing an increase in flash flooding and we need to be prepared for the future. This work is one of dozens of improvement schemes Northumbrian Water will be carrying out throughout the region over the next couple of years, to upgrade our vast sewer network and help to reduce the risk of properties flooding.”
It will be necessary to have traffic management in place during the course of the work and rolling road closures will be in place along Watling Road, Woodhouse Lane, Arthur Terrace, Rutland Avenue and Short Street.
Construction traffic will need access to the area where improvement work is being carried out and to the site compound, which is to be located on open space at Woodhouse Lane.
For further information, contact Northumbrian Water on 0345 717 1100 or via twitter @nwater_care.
For further information contact Janine Scott on 0191 301 6713.