Bridge of Weir Open for Business as Sewer Upgrade Ramps Up

26 September 2023
Bridge of Weir Sewer Upgrade

Scottish Water’s million pound project to tackle sewer flooding in Bridge of Weir is entering a key phase with the installation of upgraded pipework along a short section of Main Street.

From Monday 9 October, Main Street will be closed to through traffic as the work requires a full closure of a 50 metre stretch of the carriageway. It is expected to take approximately eight weeks to complete.

Georgina Reid, Scottish Water’s corporate affairs regional manager in the west, said: “While the road will be closed to vehicles pedestrian access will be unaffected.

“It will still be possible to drive into the village, park and walk the short distance either side of the works to local shops, cafes and restaurants.

“The diversion in place – via Houston Road, Barrochan Road and Bridge of Weir Road – is to ensure the route can accommodate all vehicles including HGV’s.

“It is really important that people remember they can still access everything the village has to offer.”

Bridge of Weir Sewer Upgrade

Only a short section of Main Street will be closed to vehicles

Bridge of Weir Sewer Upgrade

The Pow Burn surging after heavy rain

The installation of the new, larger section of sewer was originally going to be carried out under a single lane closure to help minimise disruption to the community.

However, a significant number of uncharted services were found in exactly the location the project team planned to lay the new pipework. These were not found during site investigations carried out in 2021.

Georgina added: “The only safe way to complete this phase of the project is under a full road closure.

“We will continue to work with the community and stakeholders to minimise the amount of disruption these essential works will cause.

“Once completed the project will significantly reduce the risk of sewer flooding, bringing peace of mind to the village for many years to come.”

The project is being delivered by Scottish Water’s alliance partner Caledonia Water Alliance and is expected to be completed by December.

Bridge of Weir Sewer Upgrade

All business will be open as usual

Bridge of Weir Sewer Upgrade

Customers will be able to walk from one end of the village to the other