01 September 2023
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Road Closure Needed to Deliver Bridge of Weir Flood Relief01 September 2023
A significant number of uncharted services have been found in exactly the location planned to lay the new pipe. These were not found during site investigations in 2021.
Main Street in Bridge of Weir is to be closed to all traffic for approximately two months to allow delivery of Scottish Water’s £1million project to alleviate sewer flooding in the village.
Main Street will be closed from Monday 9 October for eight weeks (until around Sunday 3 December 2023) between Mill Brae and the Pow Burn to install the new sewer.
A diversion will be in place via the Barrochan Road, Houston Road and Bridge of Weir Road (B790). Road users should allow extra time for their journeys and follow all signage.
The diversion has been agreed with Renfrewshire Council to ensure the route can accommodate all vehicles including HGV's.
The closure is to allow a new, larger section of sewer to be installed. Originally this was to be carried out under a single lane closure on the north side of the road to minimise disruption to the community.
However, a significant number of uncharted services – mostly fibre and telecommunications – have been found in exactly the location planned to lay the new pipe. These were not found during site investigations carried out in 2021.
As a result, the new larger pipe must directly replace the existing pipe which is located in the middle of the road. This work can only be safely delivered under a full road closure.
Georgina Reid, Scottish Water’s corporate affairs manager in the west said: “We have looked at all the options open to us, and the best is to carry on with the work under a full road closure for up to eight weeks.
“We recognise the impact this will have on the surrounding communities, and we will be working as quickly as possible to get this section of the project completed.”
The uncharted services were not found during site investigation works in 2021
Main Street will be completely closed for approximately two months
The current notice of one lane closed under traffic lights has been extended into the new year as a contingency should it be required.
The diversion has been agreed with Renfrewshire Council to ensure the route can accommodate all vehicles including large heavy good vehicles (HGV’s).
Georgina added: “Customers and local businesses will be kept fully informed of the situation and we will work with them to minimise any disruption the road closure will cause.
“Everything will be done to deliver the project as quickly as possible, and we would like to thank everyone for their understanding of this situation.”
The project is being delivered by Scottish Water’s alliance partner Caledonia Water Alliance and is expected to be completed by December.