Northumbrian Water is working with Northumberland County Council, various developers and external partners to upgrade the sewer network in Morpeth.
To ensure that services meet the needs of key developments and future plans for the town, the water company will install a new foul (household waste) sewer to provide a new drainage connection for ongoing and proposed schemes to the north and west of the town centre.
The new 2.6km sewer pipe will follow the route of the Northern Bypass cycle path, across Cottingwood Common, within the St George’s hospital site and along Dark Lane (A197).
A special public event where people can find out more and meet the project team will be held on Tuesday, between 3pm and 7pm at Morpeth Town Hall.
Working in conjuction with the chamber of trade, the Town Team and the town council, the project team has agreed to organise the work so that it takes place after the pre-Christmas period, which is extremely busy and important for businesses in the town.
It will start on Monday, January 9, 2017, and last until Thursday, April 13. Temporary closures of junctions exiting onto Dark Lane, at Dacre Street, Howard Road and Thorp Avenue, will be in place with temporary traffic light controls.
The work will be carried out by Northumbrian Water’s contractors, Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB).
Paul Davison, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: “We appreciate that this will have an impact on residents, businesses and their customers and we will do everything we can to reduce the disruption while we carry out this necessary work. I would like to encourage residents to come along to our public event to find out more and discuss any concerns they may have.”
An online community portal at www.nwlcommunityportal.co.uk will also allow people to keep up to date with the work.