Scottish Water is preparing to carry out essential work to renew a section of sewer that runs beneath Mill Street in Dingwall.
The sewer running beneath the street between its junctions with Millcraig Road and Wyvis Terrace has been identified via surveys as being in deteriorating condition.
Replacement of the pipes is needed to ensure they can continue to serve customers and protect the environment, with reduced risk of blockages.
To allow a team from contractor Morrison Construction to complete the essential work safely, the affected section of Mill Street will need to be closed to through traffic for up to 12 weeks from Monday 12th September.
Safe access arrangements for local residents will be supported by the team on site and pedestrian access will be maintained throughout.
There is not expected to be any disruption to customers’ drainage while the work is taking place.
A signposted diversion for through traffic will be in place via Newton Road, Tulloch Avenue (Kinnairdie Brae) and Back Road.
Scottish Water’s Project Manager Hugh Macpherson said:
“Condition surveys have identified that a section of sewer pipe which runs beneath the road is in deteriorating condition.
“This presents an increased risk of blockages which we need to address to protect customers and the environment.
“The pipe’s condition also presents a risk of unplanned disruption to the road network in the future if it is not replaced.
“We recognise that the need to close a section of Mill Street is disruptive for local residents and businesses.
“Unfortunately, the location and depth of the excavation that is needed in a relatively narrow road means that this is the only option to carry out the work safely.
“Our team will do all we can to ensure the arrangements for local access and the diversion operate smoothly, but we would like to apologise for the inconvenience that our work will cause.”
Scottish Water and Morrison Construction are writing to homes and businesses in the affected area of Dingwall with further information about the work and the traffic measures which will be in place.
Hugh Macpherson added:
“We are aware that formal notice of the road closure in advance of direct contact with customers has caused concern.
“Our team has already met several local businesses to explain the arrangements that will be in place and understand their individual needs and concerns.
“We will continue to follow up any issues that are raised with us as we prepare for work to begin – as well as while we are working on site.”
Local businesses will be open as usual and provision will be made to ensure parking is available for customers while the closure is in place.
The road is scheduled to re-open to through traffic by Friday 9th December.