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News Centre > Monday 23 October 2017

Vale Road closure for sewer improvements

Vale Rd Closure

Vale Road is to be closed for three months as part of Guernsey Water's drainage improvements around St Sampson's Harbour.

The existing sewer and manholes along Vale Road will be replaced, with work beginning on Monday 30 October and extending into the New Year.

Traffic will be unable to access the Vale Road in either direction between the Halfway and the traffic lights at the St Clair Hill/Le Murier junction, with the exception of local residents and businesses.

The project forms phases two and three of a four phase programme to address pumping capacity and maintenance issues at the Harbour St Sampson (HSS) pumping station. These deficiencies increase the risk of flooding and environmental pollution. The programme will result in greater flows being pumped from HSS to Belle Greve Wastewater Centre via the sewer in Les Banques road.  The work in Vale Road will provide extra capacity for these flows and protect customers from sewer flooding.

Mark Walker, capital delivery manager for Guernsey Water said: "This phase of the improvement work will ensure that during heavy rainfall there is enough capacity to protect our customers in the area from sewer flooding.

"We would like to apologise in advance to islanders, and particularly residents of the area, for the inevitable disruption this work will cause over the winter. We appreciate there is never a good time to close a major arterial road, but we hope that islanders understand the importance given the need to provide protection from sewer flooding and environmental pollution in the St Sampson's wastewater catchment."

The existing 375mm diameter sewer will be replaced with a larger 900mm diameter sewer extending approximately 240 metres north along Vale Road to a point close to Delancey Lane.

Vale road will be temporarily open to the public over the Christmas and New Year period before work begins again on Tuesday 2 January 2018 for a further four weeks.

Every effort will be made to keep disruption to an absolute minimum with work beginning at 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays and on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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