Town street to be dug up again
Last updated at 12:32, Thursday, 05 September 2013
A WHITEHAVEN town centre street is to be disrupted by resurfacing work – for the second time in a month.
A 15m stretch of Church Street will be restricted to one open lane while the work is carried out on Sunday – after a leak was discovered during last month’s initial work.
A spokesperson for Cumbria County Council said: “The council carried out resurfacing work on Church Street at the beginning of August. A water leak was subsequently found under a section of the newly-laid carriageway.
“Because the leak was classed as an emergency, we were unable to enforce rules preventing utility companies from carrying out excavations on new road surfaces for two years.
“The leak was repaired and a very small patch was reinstated. However, contractors are obliged by law to ensure any reinstatement in newly-laid resurfacing must be a minimum length of 15m by the width of the surface laid.
“The council therefore requested United Utilities to carry out the reinstatement to this specification.
“A United Utilities contractor will carry out this work on Sunday, which has been timed to minimise disruption.
“One lane on Church Street will remain open throughout the day and temporary traffic controls will be in place. Road users are advised to expect some delays and Cumbria County Council apologises for any inconvenience.”
First published at 12:29, Thursday, 05 September 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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Wait a minute, did my long suffering wife Margaret read that correctly? Quote "after a leak was discovered during last monthâs initial work." And pray tell why the work was completed with a known situation whereby the street would have to be 'reworked' in such a short period of time to address the problem! Twice the work, twice the time, twice the price, twice the disruption. Absolute madness. What's the world coming to?
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