Weighbridge roundabout traffic to be reduced to one lane early in New Year for essential drainage works

November 16th, 2013 by Guernsey Water

The taxi rank at the foot of Le Truchot and the Weighbridge roundabout beyond where Guernsey Water will work in January 2013 to alleviate future surface water flooding (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The taxi rank at the foot of Le Truchot and the Weighbridge roundabout beyond where Guernsey Water will work in January 2014 to alleviate future surface water flooding (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Guernsey Water will be carrying out vital works to alleviate surface water flooding around Le Truchot, St Peter Port, from mid-January 2014.

The work, to be carried out by contractors Geomarine, will involve installing a new surface water sewer from the bottom of Le Truchot to connect to an existing sewer under the Weighbridge roundabout.

The project is a highly important one for Guernsey Water and St Peter Port, as it will reduce the risk of foul water flooding that was experienced by four commercial properties in the area back in September 2012 after a spell of heavy rainfall.

The work is expected to take a total of 12 weeks to complete, and will require various traffic management measures to be implemented in order to allow the work to go ahead and to keep a steady throughflow of traffic.

The main impact to traffic using the Weighbridge roundabout will last approximately four weeks.

The project will also require the relocating of the taxi rank for part of the project’s duration.

Guernsey Water is also working with JT who need to install cables and ducts in the vicinity of the works, so as to maximise the use of these road traffic arrangements, although additional measures may be need to be considered by JT once the full scope of their works is finalised.

Guernsey Water recognises how significant these works will be for all Town traffic users, and will endeavour to accelerate the works where possible to minimise the disruption.

The utility would like to thank motorists in advance for their understanding and patience while this essential work takes place to prevent further damaging flooding to buildings and businesses in the Weighbridge/Truchot area

Andrew Redhead, Director of water services, said “Guernsey Water acknowledges that these works will cause disruption in a busy area, but it is essential that we do not allow properties to be at risk from sewage flooding.”

“We have liaised at length with the States of Guernsey Environment Department’s traffic section and other local bodies to ensure that the project is managed in such a way to minimise inconvenience as much as possible.”

“The timing of the project has been selected to avoid the busy Christmas and Easter periods, and to avoid clashes with other nearby road closures.”

Traffic negotiating the Weighbridge roundabout in St Peter Port on 6 May 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Traffic negotiating the Weighbridge roundabout in St Peter Port on 6 May 2011 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

“I would reassure road users that the Weighbridge roundabout will not be closed at any time, but will be reduced to single file traffic which is likely to cause significant delays at peak times,” Mr Redhead said.

Customers that are directly affected by the works will be sent letters giving them more information about the works.

Project updates will be provided nearer to the commencement date and will be published on the Guernsey Water website.

 

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