A £300,000 scheme by Anglian Water to reduce the chance of burst water mains and leaks in Colchester will start this week.

The major project will see hundreds of metres of water main replaced close to the key Maldon Road roundabout. The work is expected to take four months.

Anglian Water’s Network Manager for Essex, Mark Pryke, said: “Replacing this large section of water main will significantly reduce the likelihood of leaks and bursts, which have been a problem for residents in the past.

“In order to complete the work as quickly as possible there will be some lane closures and road closures over the coming weeks and we are sorry for any disruption this may cause road users.”

From Saturday, October 28, a lane on Southway approaching the Maldon Road roundabout will be closed for approximately four weeks.

Maldon Road will also be closed at the junction with Southway roundabout between Monday, November 6 and Friday, November 10. A diversion will be in place along Southway, Lexden Road and Oxford Road. A separate diversion route will be in place for buses.

For the remainder of the scheme the works will continue and the road will be open.

Mark Pryke continued, “We have worked really hard with our engineering teams to minimise the amount of time we will be working in the road. Although we will be working in the area for four months to complete the project, we will only be closing Maldon Road for one week.

The majority of the mains will be replaced using an innovative slip-lining technique which means that Anglian Water teams won’t need to dig open trenches for much of work, keeping road closures to an absolute minimum.

“When we connect homes to the new main, some customers’ water supply may be interrupted briefly while we complete the connections. This should only take a few hours and we will let each customer know about this before it happens.

“Inevitably, with a project of this scale there may be some disruption to residents and road users, and we apologise for this. However, we hope that people understand how important it is and that the benefits will outweigh any short term inconvenience.”

Posted by Anglian Water