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Blackpool Road roadworks to fix broken sewer will take longer than planned

Posted on - 17th September, 2018 - 8:19pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Lea, Preston News, Roads, Transport
Roadworks in Lea Pic credit: Benny Mc’Nally. 

Roadworks in one of Preston’s busiest roads will take an extra four weeks to complete.

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United Utilities are installing a new section of sewer at the junction with Greaves Town Lane, Lea, to bring an end to the flooding which is a regular occurrence.

The work began in late July and was due to be complete by the first week of September.

Now Lancashire County Council have extended the roadworks permit for the utility firm to give them until Friday 5 October to finish.

Read more: A582 roundabout to be closed for overnight roadworks

They had identified a problem with an underground culvert was causing the flooding.

The road and pavement covered in water in Lea Pic: Benny Mc'Nally
The road and pavement covered in water in Lea Pic: Benny Mc’Nally

Preston South West county councillor Gillian Oliver said: “Residents report the flooding has been going on for more than 20 years.

“It affects drivers, residents, buses and people on their way to and from Lea Primary School which is round the corner.

“I have just had an update from United Utilities – they are assuring me they will try to accelerate the works.

“But the flooding there has caused no end of problems over many years, and I have only heard relief from residents that this work is underway at last.”

A spokeswoman for United Utilities told Blog Preston: “We’re carrying out repairs on an old culvert beneath the road which has been causing some local flooding problems.

“We originally planned to repair the culvert at certain points, but we found that its condition was much worse than originally thought. As a result we are now replacing the whole length of the culvert which is why the work is taking longer than expected.”

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