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Essential sewer improvements, Burley in Wharfedale

This week, Yorkshire Water have started a £114,000 project to reduce the risk of sewer flooding to local properties in Burley in Wharfedale. The sewer that runs under Back Lane is in poor condition so the company are going to line part of it. 

Yorkshire Water’s contract partners, Mott MacDonald Bentley and Drains Aid, will take around six weeks to complete the project on Back Lane between the junctions of Lawn Road and Langford Lane. 

Before the sewer is lined, some manhole chambers on Back Lane will be refurbished to ensure safe access to the sewers. 

Tree roots and cracks have been found in this sewer which has led to problems. The team can line this pipe instead of replacing it, and this is a less disruptive method since replacing sewers involves a lot of digging. Before it can be lined, the team will clean out the sewer and cut out any tree roots.

Lining is a simple, highly effective technique to renew and strengthen the sewer where a fabric tube liner impregnated with polyester or epoxy resin is inserted into the sewer from a manhole chamber. Once in place the liner needs to be cured against the pipe. Curing methods depend on the type of liner used and can be hot water, steam or ultra violet light.

The sewer under Back Lane will be lined from the junction with Norwood Terrace to Langford Lane and under the park land between Back Lane and Main Street. The park won’t be affected by the work.

Project Manager for Yorkshire Water, Dominic Cunney, comments: “I’m sorry for any inconvenience this project may cause and I would like to assure local residents and road-users that we will complete this work as quickly as possible. It’s an extremely important project; we want to do everything we can to reduce the risk of sewer flooding.”
Yorkshire Water have liaised with the local highways department and for safety reasons, temporary traffic management will be in place during the work. There may also be times when they’ll need to close sections of Back Lane. Any closures will be kept to a minimum and local diversions will be in place.

Normal working hours will be from 8am to 6pm each day however, when the team are at the lining stage, they may have to occasionally work into the evening to allow the liner to cure in the sewer.

Pedestrian access and access to properties will be maintained but there will be times when parking on Back Lane may be restricted.

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