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Work Recommences Ormeau Road/Ormeau Avenue Junction – Ormeau Sewerage Improvement Scheme

18 July 2019 11:22

Work is progressing well, and is now nearing completion on this major £5 million project to improve the sewerage infrastructure in the Ormeau area, which includes work around Ormeau Avenue/Lower Ormeau Road, Dublin Road, Bruce Street, Sandy Row, Joy Street and sections of the lower Ormeau Road.

Ormeau Road / Ormeau Avenue Junction

Following extensive investigation works throughout this major project, NI Water identified a section of sewer across the Lower Ormeau Road (close to the junction with Ormeau Avenue), which is in very poor condition and requires urgent replacement. In order to avoid further disruption in the area at a later date, this section of work is being completed under the current contract.

Work will re-commence on Monday 22nd July on the left turning lane from the Ormeau Road into Ormeau Avenue for 2 weeks. Following this, work will progress out onto the Lower Ormeau Road close to the junction with Ormeau Avenue, with city bound traffic reduced to one lane. There will be no access to Ormeau Avenue from the Ormeau Road during these works; a diversion route will be signposted via Cromac Street/May Street/Adelaide Street. Traffic delays around this junction are expected during this time and road users are asked to allow extra time for their journey.

When complete, this investment will significantly reduce the risk of out of sewer flooding in this area of Belfast during periods of heavy rainfall. Environmental pollution will also be reduced, and the water quality in the Blackstaff Culvert and River Lagan will be enhanced.

NI Water would like to thank the public for their continued patience and cooperation during the completion of this major construction project within Belfast City Centre. We assure you that we will continue do everything that we can to keep all disruption to a minimum, during this final phase of the works.


For further information, please contact NI Water’s Press Office on 02890 354710 or email

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