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Pipelaying planned for Alder Road area to support new housing development

18 May 2023 15:13

NI Water is due to begin a programme of work shortly in the Culmore Road/Alder Road area to provide wastewater infrastructure for a new housing development.

The work will involve the laying of around 430 metres of sewer pipe and the construction of associated manholes along Alder Road from its junction with Culmore Road to the new development adjacent to Ballynagard Crescent. Some preliminary work will be required in advance on Culmore Road.

Mark Henderson, NI Water Project Manager for the scheme said:

“To facilitate this essential work in the safest possible manner, our contractor for the scheme, BSG-Phace will need to implement the following traffic management arrangements:

“During week commencing 22nd May, a lane closure will be in place on Culmore Road (between Nos. 125 and 137) for one week.

“Following that, from around the 29th May, a full road closure will be in place on Alder Road between Culmore Road and Ballynagard Crescent for approximately four weeks.

“Once that section is complete, around the 26th June, Alder Road will be closed between Ballynagard Crescent and the entrance to the new housing development for approximately one week.

“During the road closures, pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, however vehicle access will be from either the Culmore Road or the Ballynagard Road, depending on the section of Alder Road affected by pipelaying works. Local residents and the school have been notified of the works and associated traffic management arrangements. The approved diversion route will be signposted for all road users.

“NI Water and BSG-Phace would take this opportunity to highlight to residents that construction sites are dangerous areas for unauthorised persons, especially children and we would appreciate your co-operation in ensuring that children do not play in or around the site or machinery. Working areas will have warning signs in place to protect the public from any hazards. The public are advised to stay away from these working areas for their own safety.

“We appreciate the patience and cooperation of the local community as we prepare to undertake this essential work to serve new housing in the area. We will strive to complete the work as quickly as possible and keep disruption to a minimum.”

Over the past fifteen years, NI Water has steadily improved the efficiency with which we operate while at the same time improving the quality of drinking water, levels of environmental compliance and the services we provide to our customers. 


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