Work in Stalybridge at the junction of Dean Road and Trinity Street has just got underway to improve the Victorian sewer under the road.
United Utilities are spending £8 million on sewer improvements in Stalybridge and Dukinfield over the next few months in an attempt to improve the water quality in the River Tame. Currently, during times of heavy rainfall, waste water overflows into the river due to the Victorian sewer being unable to handle the volume of water.
The sewer under Trinity Street needs to be improved. United Utilities project manager, Steve Taylor, stated:
“We understand how inconvenient it is at this particular location, but we have absolutely no option. We need to construct a new overflow on the existing sewer, and the laws of drainage mean this is the exact spot where it has to be.
“We’re working very closely with the council highways department to minimise disruption, but the junction has had to be closed for the safety of the public and our engineers.
“We are sorry for any inconvenience and we would ask people to continue to support their local shops which are very much open for business, even with the road and bus route diversions in place.”
Pedestrian access will be maintained while the work takes place, but the road will be closed to traffic.