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Essential Storm Sewer Improvement Work Continues in Mersey Street, Belfast

22 January 2015 12:24

Following the first phase of sewer investigation work, NI Water wish to advise the public that work will be re-commencing to construct a new stormwater sewer in the Mersey Street area of East Belfast. We anticipate that all work will be completed by May 2015.

The project, worth approximately £249,000, includes the provision of a new stormwater sewer, which is approximately 490 metres in length, commencing at the junction of Banbury Street and Mersey Street, which will then transfer flows to the Connswater River. This sewer will serve Banbury Street; Chelsea Street; Harkness Parade; Redcliffe Drive; Redcliffe Parade; and Redcliffe Street.  

At present, both foul and storm flows from the above-named streets discharge into the Mersey Street combined sewer. However, this proposal will provide a dedicated storm sewer for these streets to transfer storm water flows into the Connswater River in an effort to reduce the impact on the existing sewerage network and to facilitate future development in the area. This work will also reduce the risk of flooding in the local area.  

In order to carry out the works safely it shall be necessary to close Mersey Street to traffic from the Connswater River Bridge to the Dee Street Junction. The diversion route shall be: Connsbrook Avenue- Hollywood Road- Newtownards Road- Dee Street. Vehicular access for residents will be maintained from one side of the works and pedestrian access will be unaffected, as this work progresses. However, parking will be restricted in the vicinity of the working area.

The working areas will have warning signs and temporary barriers erected to protect the public from these hazards. The public are advised to stay out of these working areas for their own safety and NI Water would appeal for the support of parents to keep children and young people safe by explaining to them the dangers of playing in or around construction sites. Playing near our works areas can have dangerous consequences and we would like to spread this safety message throughout the area while we complete this programme of work.

NI Water and our contractor Conwell Contracts would like to thank the public for their patience and cooperation and will do everything possible to keep disruption to a minimum. Letter drops will also be completed in affected areas to advise residents of this work. We will continue to liaise closely with Transport NI and signage and traffic management will be in place at all times. Our customer relations team can be contacted via Waterline on 08457 440088. Customers with any questions on the scheme should quote “KR422, Mersey St Storm Sewer, Conwell Contracts Ltd”.

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