RESIDENTS who have been plagued for almost a year by nightmare sewer works have spoken of their relief as they start to come to an end.
United Utilities workers have been at Greenwood Avenue in Worsley Hall for almost 12 months, digging up a patch of land in the middle of the road to do their job.
The work, which will help the drainage of rainfall in the future, has meant that access to nearby streets such as Sinclair Place and Cameron Place has changed constantly while temporary lights and road closures on Montrose Avenue have created all sorts of diversions.
Local resident Carl Lawrence said: “The communication from United Utilities could have been better at times, often you wouldn’t know which road was open and how to gain access.
“The workers themselves have been great though and really friendly. I’m also a governor at Westfield primary school and as a way of paying back into the community, they’ve given us some money to buy new play equipment.”
Carl’s neighbour in Sinclair Place, Wendy Foster added: “It’s been a nightmare at times and often they’d have three-way traffic signals when there are four ways.
“When they were digging it all up there were really bad vibrations, I’m just delighted it’s nearly all over.”
Kerry Towers, project coordinator for United Utilities, said: “We still have small pockets of reinstatement work to complete. But the great news is all the roads are clear.
“A temporary surface has been laid on Greenwood Avenue, with the council planning to re-surface this road starting October 7.”
“We’re very grateful for the co-operation we received from the local community and businesses.
“We know roadworks are a pain, but this upgrade work on the sewer network was necessary.”