Since June, contactors for the Environment Agency have been carrying out a series of restorative works on Worsley Brook to reduce the risk of culvert collapse and consequent flooding to 260 local properties.
In the past week the teams have started to lift the first of 36, 4-tonne concrete sections into place. These will be used to line the defective areas of the culvert and minimise the risk of flooding to nearby properties. Pumps are being used to divert Worsley Brook around the culvert, enabling the work to be undertaken in dry conditions.
These works will stabilise the culvert, making it safe. They are programmed to be completed by mid-September 2016, ensuring they are ‘winter-ready.’
These repairs form part of the Environment Agency’s strategy for managing flood risk across Greater Manchester, which includes carrying out culvert repairs and monitoring for any other damage within the watercourse.
In order to ensure the safety of passing pedestrians and motorists, contactors have put in place temporary traffic lights on Barton Road, which have been in place from 9:30am-3:30pm daily. Local business and residents have been given alternative parking options in order to minimise disruption while this important work is completed.
Gwen Scott from the Environment Agency said:
We appreciate everyone’s patience during these works and we apologise for any disruption caused by them.
The Environment Agency is committed to reducing flood risk wherever we can and repairing these culverts is vital to managing the risk of flooding in this area. We are working closely with Salford Council to minimise the disruption as much as possible.