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Sewer project to slow traffic at major intersection until mid-June: Shepparton

Sewer project to slow traffic at major intersection until mid-June: Shepparton
  Traffic will be slowed at the intersection until mid-June

16 May 2012

Construction works to replace an ageing sewer main are soon to commence at the Ford Road and Grahamvale Road intersection outside of Shepparton.

Goulburn Valley Water Project Manager, Lachlan McGregor, said truck route users and Grahamvale/Lemnos residents will notice some activity from early next week, but said the intersection is expected to remain open to traffic. “Thanks to tunnel boring technology, it should be possible for the contractors to leave the intersection open to traffic – however, traffic will be slowed right down in that area for up to four weeks.”

Mr McGregor said the sewer mains are being replaced as part of a long term maintenance and improvement program which will see concrete sewers constructed in the early 1960s replaced with fibreglass pipes.

“Due to advancements in technology in the past fifty years, the fibreglass sewer mains should improve the level of service provided to our customers in that area,” he said. “Fibreglass is less susceptible to sewage damage than the older concrete style pipes and therefore the number of breakages in future along this stretch should be reduced.”

The main, which runs along Ford Road, caters for the large industrial waste load produced by Campbell’s Soup, as well as other industrial and domestic customers in the area.

Mr McGregor said the works, which are expected to be completed in four weeks time, will be undertaken by Comdain Constructions and are the final stage of a $3.7m sewer replacement project which has spanned a number of years. The first stage was undertaken in 2006.

It is recommended that road users find an alternate route where possible to minimise congestion in the area, in particular around school drop off/pick up time due to Grahamvale Primary School traffic. GVW thanks customers and the general public in advance for their patience.

For more information on this project or for media enquiries please contact Michaela Sargeant on 5832 0471 or email michaelas@gvwater.vic.gov.au

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