Northumbrian Water is investing £2m in upgrading its sewer network in the Elvet Riverside area of Durham City to reduce flood risk and protect the environment.
New sewers are to be built in Elvet Waterside, Old Elvet and Whinney Hill, with work being co-ordinated with that being carried out in the area by Durham County Council and Durham University, to minimise disruption.
Northumbrian Water’s partner, Mott MacDonald Bentley, will be carrying out the work, which is scheduled to start on Monday, September 9, and is expected to last around 12 months.
In order to carry out the work safely, temporary traffic lights will be put in place along Old Elvet and Whinney Hill for the duration of the work.
At points in the work, closures to sections of Elvet Waterside, close to the Baths footbridge, and at Elvet Bridge will also be required, and details of these will be communicated closer to the time.
Northumbrian Water’s Project Manager, David Groark, said: “This is an important project for us, in terms of protecting customers’ homes and the environment.
“It’s great that we have had the opportunity ahead of the project to liaise with Durham County Council and with Durham University, so that we can co-ordinate work to minimise the impact upon customers in the area.
“We will be keeping information points such as our online community portal up to date, as well as letting customers know about timings of the temporary roadworks, but, as always, we are happy for people to get in touch if they would like to know more about this project.”
Customers wanting to know more will find a page dedicated to the project at Northumbrian Water’s online portal at www.nwlcommuntyportal.co.uk, or they can telephone the company’s customer contact centre on 0345 7171100 or Tweet @nwater_care.