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40 week £3.5million sewer upgrade in Truro set to start soon
6:00am Tuesday 13th August 2013 in News
A £3.5 million scheme to upgrade sewers in Truro that will see disruption for large parts of the city for 40 weeks is set to start on September 2.
However the estimated time for the work has been cut from 60 weeks to 40 weeks.
South West Water will be replacing old sewers with bigger pipes in the city centre. The company says that improvements are needed because the sewerage network in parts of Truro is no longer able to cope with the demands placed on it.
Adding that properties in the city centre are at "significant risk of internal and external sewer flooding".
The project involves replacing the sewers in Frances Street, Kenwyn Street and Little Castle Street with bigger pipes, installing a new sewer in St Dominic Street to take surface water out of the network and working in Frances Street, Ferris Town and Edward Street.
Graham Murphy, South West Water’s director of engineering, said: “Since we first identified the need for this scheme, we have examined over 100 different options and spent several years discussing these with partners including Cornwall Council, the Environment Agency and other utility companies.
“Working with Sarah Newton MP, Cornwall Council, Truro City Council, Totally Truro, local traders and bus companies, we have been able to reduce our programme of work from 60 weeks to 40.
“We are aware that this essential work will cause some disruption in the city which is why we have been and will continue to work closely with the local community to put in place measures to minimise the impact on local residents and businesses. For example, we will ensure Victoria Square is open to traffic in time for the City of Lights Festival.
“We have also commissioned a Truro-based marketing agency to help us promote the ‘business as usual’ message to shoppers while work is ongoing, and we would urge the people of Truro to continue to support their local traders during our work.”
Local businesses are being visited individually by a customer liaison officer and leaflets are being delivered to nearby residents. From mid-August, there will be a site office at 2 Little Castle Street, Truro.
The scheme is expected to take 38 weeks (plus a two-week break over Christmas/New Year) to complete, finishing in June 2014.
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