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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Delays ahead as major roadworks start in Cumbria

Motorists are facing up to two weeks of lengthy diversions as major sewerage works are carried out along one of Workington’s busiest roads.

Washington Street photo
Washington Street, Workington

The southbound lane of town centre road Washington Street will shut on May 7 while United Utilities carries out a £50,000 scheme to prevent sewer flooding.

This means that Washington Street will become a single lane northbound, between the Jane Street and Bridge Street junctions.

The water company’s project engineer has admitted that the work will be a “headache” for those affected and has said that engineers will be working flat out to get the work done as quickly as possible.

Danny Wilson said: “Unfortunately this is a large diameter pipe buried very deeply under the roadway.

“There is simply no way of doing the work we need to safely while keeping the road fully open.

“To speed things up we are using no-dig technology. We will be lining the existing pipe using a thermostatic substance.

“That means it hardens when we apply heat, effectively creating a brand new plastic pipe inside the old one.”

Work was due to begin in February but United Utilities delayed the start date stating it needed more time to arrange the road closure and to speak to local people who had concerns.

Business owners along Washington Street were angry that they had not been contacted by United Utilities and feared that their business would suffer as deliveries would be unable to pull up outside.

Yesterday engineers were in town speaking to traders.

“We’ll be working with them to try to make this work as easy on them as possible,” said Mr Wilson.

“There will be no parking in Washington Street while we are working there but we are making arrangements for deliveries.

“Once we’ve finished our new pipe will have a life span of an extra forty to fifty years and the risk of sewer flooding to local properties will be much reduced.”

The work will involve digging up manholes at either end of the 180m section of pipe which is going to be upgraded.

A 30-tonne crane will be on site from May 13 until the work is complete and some work may take place during evenings and weekends to make sure the project is completed as soon as possible.

Southbound traffic and HGVs will be diverted via the A66 to Chapel Brow roundabout, and the A595. Traffic heading north west will be signposted along the B2597 Jane Street and onto the A597 to Northside roundabout.

For more information about the project call UU on 0845 746 2200 quoting project number 80029179.508.

JBarwise@cngroup.co.uk

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