Work is scheduled to get underway this month on an essential programme of work to upgrade the city of Lisburn’s sewerage system.
Work will entail construction at various locations throughout the city centre and the wider area, as well as major sewer laying work on Linenhall Street and Antrim Road / Westbourne Terrace / Antrim Street.
It is anticipated that this work will be completed by Autumn 2015.
Work will initially commence in January along Linenhall Street, where a new sewer will be installed. It is expected that this section of work will be completed by the end of March 2015. Sewer laying will then continue along Antrim Road / Westbourne Terrace and Antrim Street and work will also be carried out close to the entrance to the McKeown Street Carpark. This section of work is scheduled to take place in Summer 2015.
Mark Sefton, NI Water’s Project Manager said: “As with all work of this nature there will be an element of disruption, but NI Water and our contractor BSG Civil Engineering will do everything we can to keep any disruption to a minimum. Traffic management and signage will be in place as the scheme progresses.
“When complete, this programme of work will protect the quality and appearance of one of the city’s greatest natural assets, the River Lagan, to present day standards as well as catering for future housing and commercial development in the Lisburn area.”
The overall programme of work represents an overall investment of £4.1m. Phase 1 of the programme represented a £2.9m investment to replace a pumping station at Drumbeg Drive, Old Warren, which was completed in October 2014. The current programme of work is an investment of approximately £1.2m to improve the sewerage infrastructure in the local area.
The working areas will have warning signs and temporary barriers erected to protect the public from hazards.
The public is 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.
For further information, customers can log on to: www.niwater.com/lisburn-sewerage-scheme/ or contact Waterline on 08457 440088, quoting ‘Lisburn Sewerage Improvement Scheme’.