NI Water will commence essential sewer improvement work in the Bayview Road, Strandview Road and Castle Street areas of Ballycastle on 30 January for approximately two weeks.
Traffic management arrangements have been discussed with Transport NI, and in order to carry out the work safely, it will be necessary to have temporary lane closures in place at these locations during the course of the works. Two-way traffic will be maintained with the use of temporary traffic lights or stop/go boards.
Vehicular access will be maintained for residents/businesses but may be subject to a short delay, and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Parking restrictions will be in place around the working area. Access to the Rathlin Ferry will be maintained throughout the duration of the works on Bayview Road.
This section of work is part of the ongoing NI Sewer Rehabilitation Project, which represents an investment of approximately £18 million by NI Water across the province over the next five years, and is a long-term programme for the improvement of the existing sewerage network.
This project is being carried out in two stages. Stage one involved the investigative and design work, which included pipeline/manhole cleaning and CCTV surveys. This work was completed in these areas of Ballycastle in late 2015 and 2016. This identified a number of sections of the existing sewers which are in poor condition.
To rectify these sections of sewer and avoid potential future collapse or flooding issues, it is now necessary to carry out this section of the improvement works. The work will include the installation of “liners” in existing pipelines, the open-cut repair of short sections of sewer at isolated locations, as well as the laying of some sections of new replacement pipelines and associated works.
The project will involve a combination of trenchless (underground) ‘no-dig’ techniques and ‘open-dig’ works. The trenchless techniques will significantly reduce the amount of digging and ensure that repairs are completed as quickly as possible, and will be utilised wherever possible.
NI Water and our contractor BSG Civil Engineering would like to thank the public for their patience and cooperation while we complete this essential improvement work. Customer queries should be directed to Waterline on 03457 440088.