THE water sewer works which have caused disruption to traffic in Newry “are currently ahead of the original six-week programme”.
That's according to NI Water and the appointed contractor Conwell Contracts Ltd.
Work commenced on the new storm sewer on New Street / Canal Street, Newry in September and, according those carrying out the work, the project is “progressing well”.
The proposed construction work involves laying approximately 165m of storm sewer and associated manholes on New Street and Canal Street to serve a new social housing development.
The first two sections of work on New Street, and the southern end of Canal Street are now complete. NI Water intends to commence the third and final section of work on the Northern end of Canal Street later this week.
In a statement issued by NI Water, they said that detailed consideration has been given to traffic management arrangements to try to minimise the impact of these works on business owners, residents, road users and the public.
In order for the works to be carried out safely, it will be necessary to have a temporary road closure in place. During this final section of work, the northern end of Canal Street and the junction with New Street will be closed for up to two weeks. There will be no through traffic on the southern end of Canal Street during this time.
All appropriate signage and a diversion route will be in place during this time.
NI Water would like to remind the public that all businesses on New Street / Canal Street remain open for business as usual during these works, with pedestrian access available at all times.
Normal working hours will be 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 8.30am to 1.00pm on Saturday; however, it may be necessary at times for work to be carried out outside of these hours.
Grahame Millar, Project Sponsor, commented, “NI Water is pleased to install this new storm sewer to facilitate the development of 15 new property units at Ogle House for social housing.
“The removal of storm water from the existing combined sewer will also increase the capacity of the existing sewers as well as reducing the likelihood for out-of-sewer flooding and environmental pollution in the future.”
A spokesperson for NI Water said they fully appreciate that work of this nature can be disruptive, particularly where road closures are concerned, and we will take every measure possible to keep this to a minimum.
“We would like to thank the business owners and the public for their ongoing patience and co-operation as we complete these essential works,” their statement said.