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£1.2m water chamber project will close Washway Lane for six months
9:36am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A £1.2 million project could transform a watercourse into the “cleanest it has been for generations” – but the engineering work will lead to the lengthy closure of a major route in and out of the town.
United Utilities will start work later this month to build an “underground chamber” at Washway Lane which will stop untreated wastewater entering Rainford Brook in the town.
Currently, when heavy rain hits, the sewer system has a combined overflow, which acts as a safety valve.
This allows the rainwater to escape into the watercourse, rather than it forcing itself onto roads or homes.
This rainwater can also be mixed with sewage.
The new scheme will see a 10 by four metre underground chamber built below Washway Lane.
When it rains heavily, the tank will hold the wastewater, before screening it and letting it into the brook via a screen, which will catch all the solids.
The project will take around six months to complete and with Washway Lane having to be closed “for much of this time”, it is likely to lead to significant disruption for motorists.
A 75-metre section will be shut between the BOC Factory and Scafell Road.
Matt Parr, United Utilities project co-ordinator, described the project as “great news for the environment” but conceded it will cause a headache for drivers.
He said: “It will really improve Rainford Brook’s eco-system, encouraging wildlife in the area.
“Sadly, there is a downside to the work. Our only option is to work in the middle of the carriageway, where the existing sewer system is located, and it will cause disruption for motorists.
“We hope people appreciate the importance of this scheme and that we will be off site as soon as possible.”
Washway Lane will be closed from Monday, September 23 to Friday, November 29, when it will be reopened during the Christmas period.
Then, it will close again on Monday, January 7, 2014, until late February/early March.
A diversion will be in place via City Road.
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