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Ormeau Sewerage Improvement Scheme Continues – Lower Ormeau Road/Ormeau Avenue Junction

02 August 2019 15:49

Work is progressing well, and is now nearing completion on this major £5 million project to improve the sewerage infrastructure and reduce the risk of flooding 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

Work is progressing on the inside lane (city bound) of the Lower Ormeau Road and will be moving further out into the middle of the Lower Ormeau Road. The remainder of the road crossing will be undertaken in stages, and we anticipate will be completed in mid-August. During this time, 3-way stop/go boards will be in place between 7am and 11pm to minimise traffic disruption as far as possible, with temporary traffic lights in operation outside of these hours. The left turning lane from Ormeau Road will be re-opened at this time to allow access to Ormeau Avenue.

Traffic delays are expected around this junction during this time, and road users are asked to allow extra time for their journey, or where possible use an alternative route.

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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