Countdown to two major roadworks
TWO major road schemes in Great Yarmouth, that will see millions of pounds invested in the town, will start within weeks of one another. Motorists will face months of disruption in the Northgate Street area after Anglian Water announced a massive £4.
TWO major road schemes in Great Yarmouth, that will see millions of pounds invested in the town, will start within weeks of one another.
Motorists will face months of disruption in the Northgate Street area after Anglian Water announced a massive £4.7m project to improve the street's sewer capacity.
The project, which comes after hundreds of homes and businesses were flooded in September 2006 when six months of rainfall fell in just a few hours, will start next month and is expected to finish in March 2009.
Meanwhile, on October 4, a major £1m project to strengthen sections of South Quay, Hall Quay, North Quay, Haven Bridge and Southgates Road will begin, signalling the start of six weeks of motoring mayhem.
Tests carried out on the road system around Hall Quay by Norfolk County Council showed they would be unable to cope with an increase in traffic that the outer harbour is expected to generate. The tests showed the roads were seriously weak with signs of rutting and crazing which increases the risk of pot holes.
The Anglian Water project will come as welcome news for the hundreds of people flooded in and around the Northgate Street area in September 2006.
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Since the flash flooding the water company has been investigating ways to improve the Victorian sewer system in Northgate Street and has already spent £3m relining sewers across the town and upgrading the pumping station at Garrison Road.
This new scheme will see sewer capacity trebled and a new pumping station and storm tank installed near Northgate St Andrews Infant School.
The area was flooded several times during the summer of 2006 but was worst hit in September when water reached three feet in some places, ruining homes and businesses.
It is the biggest scheme undertaken by Anglian Water in the last 10 years and work is expected to be finished in March 2009.
The new sewer will be installed with tunnel machinery but Northgate Street will still have to be closed to traffic for safety reasons, although pedestrian access remains the same.
Yarmouth MP Tony Wright said it was fantastic news for Yarmouth adding the scheme should relieve any danger of flooding. He said: “You can never say never, but putting in a bigger sewer will certainly help. This is a big investment.”
Next month the county council will begin some minor work at Hall Quay, widening part of the road towards the Town Hall, before the bulk of the work, scheduled in five phases, begins in October.
Highways bosses at the county council said some lanes will be kept open to traffic although movement will be limited.
Details of which lanes will be kept open and possible diversions are still being finalised but it is hoped that one lane could be kept open on the bridge during some of the works and the bridge will remain open to pedestrians throughout the works.
Bus services will also be affected by the works and revised service information will be released nearer the time.
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