A £300,000 project by Anglian Water to replace over 1.5 kilometres of sewer in Milton, Cambridge, is due to start on Monday (8th October 2012).
The work, which will take around 12 weeks to complete, includes replacing a section rising main sewer under the A14, where it will then join existing infrastructure and feed into the sewage treatment works just off Cowley Road.
The vast majority of the work will take place in Milton, along Ely Road and Cambridge Road, with work starting near to Milton Golf Club and running south towards the city.
Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “There have been a number of problems with this sewer in recent years as its condition has deteriorated. The existing PVC main has sustained seven bursts since 2005, with three bursts in the last three years causing some flooding.
“This is why we are acting now to replace this rising main and significantly reduce the chances of similar problems occurring in the future.
“Clearly work of this nature will cause some disruption to customers and road users, which is why we wanted to let people what work are doing and why.”
Throughout the work two-way traffic lights will be in place to allow work to be completed as quickly as possible and with the minimum impact on road users.
Antony continued: “This work has been carefully planned using less invasive techniques which don’t require large sections of the road to be dug up - such as feeding the new sewer through existing pipework to ensure major routes, such as the A14, will not be affected in anyway.
“We are sorry for the impact that this work will inevitably have, however this is important work to protect the environment and local area from more severe problems should this sewer’s condition worsen.”