Berrow Road sewer repairs sped up by Wessex Water
A major project to repair ageing sewer pipes in Burnham will be completed six weeks ahead of its original schedule after Wessex Water took action to reduce the impact on the community and tourism sector in the area.
Work teams are due to move on to a section of the Berrow Road (B3140) in early January to upgrade the sewers, with the essential project originally scheduled to conclude in early April.
However, Wessex Water has now scaled back that timeframe and committed to completing the work before the school holidays get under way in mid-February. The company will employ new technology to speed up the scheme and reduce the disruption to both residents and the tourism industry.
A Wessex Water spokesperson said: “This is essential work to prolong the life of the sewer, protect the environment and prevent loss of service for residents."
“A section of Berrow Road was being closed to through traffic until early April so this work could be completed safely, but we were also conscious of the further impact on a tourism sector that has already faced huge challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic. "
“Working with them and Somerset County Council Highways, we have reviewed the programme and how we can use the latest repair techniques to reduce the time it takes by half and keep any disruption to the local community to a minimum. "
“Access will be maintained for residents and businesses and most of the repairs will be done using ‘no-dig’ techniques, which are quicker and less intrusive than replacing pipework in the conventional manner. We’re sorry for any inconvenience that may be caused by this essential work.”
The road closure will continue to divert traffic via East Brent and in agreement with Somerset Highways. Wessex Water will also provide a bus to Berrow C of E Primary School to transport children from south of the closure, via the diversion route.
The company and authority are also working with the owners of nearby caravan parks to ensure that scheduled arrivals of motorhomes can continue despite the road closure.
More details about the diversions in place for the Berrow Road project are available at www.travelsomerset.co.uk.