Heavitree lane closure to be lifted
Work to upgrade Heavitree Fore Street's water mains will finish on Wednesday - nearly one month ahead of schedule.
The £1 million improvement work began in May and was expected to continue until August. However, thanks to a huge effort from everyone involved, progress on the project has been swift.
The inbound lane closure will be lifted at 22:00hrs on Wednesday the18th June, allowing traffic flow to return to normal.
South West Water's Director of Engineering, Graham Murphy, said: "This is excellent news for residents, local businesses and for commuters.
"The Heavitree scheme was always going to be high profile and I'm delighted to be able to congratulate our contractors Balfour Beatty as well as our own staff on an exemplary job.
"I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the public for their patience during this essential work to extend the life of the pipes and improve water quality."
Exeter City Council and Devon County Council will shortly commence works on their £550,000 improvement scheme in Heavitree Fore Street. To prevent further disruption to traffic, works affecting the road were carried out during South West Water's closure period.
Published on: 17 June 2008
Notes to editors
'Whirlwind', a new device and technique that cleans the pipes before they are coated with a spray lining, played a significant role in speeding up the relining process.
The machine blows air and 20mm aggregate through the pipes to remove hard scale that has built up over the years. This machine therefore not only saves time but is also more environmentally friendly.
A total of 5806 metres of pipe were relined including 260 metres under Fore Street