Wessex Water "optimistic" Blandford Road could be partially re-opened by Sunday

Bournemouth Echo: HOLE STORY: Wessex Water staff at the burst sewer on Blandford Road and, inset, project manager Andy Gale HOLE STORY: Wessex Water staff at the burst sewer on Blandford Road and, inset, project manager Andy Gale

IF all goes to plan this week, a main Poole road could be partially re-opened to traffic by Sunday night.

With all the pipe diversions now in place, Wessex Water hopes to be able to dig down another half-metre under Blandford Road and fully expose the burst sewer.

“There is some optimism that by Sunday night we may be in a position to have one lane open,” said Andy Gale, project manager.

“There are a lot of caveats but we are optimistic.”

This is the third week that a 40-metre section of the main road has been closed between the Turlin Moor junction and Allens Lane, after sewage began bubbling up through the tarmac.

The 600mm pressurised rising main is around 4.5m under the road, amid ground conditions described as “soup” caused by the amount of groundwater, taking sewage from Hamworthy, Upton and Turlin Moor to the treatment station at Poole.

However before work can begin on replacing the leaking section, a major operation has had to be carried out to re-route pipes from the Turlin Moor pumping station to avoid the damaged pipe.

A 10-inch water main that feeds most of Poole had had to be moved as well as a gas main, which ran across the sewage pipe.

Southern Gas Networks diverted their yellow plastic pipe in three days, having to get specialists from London to do it without cutting off the supply.

“The actual repair is easy,” said Andy.

“It’s actually getting down on to the pipe and dealing with the weather and groundwater and health and safety.

“In terms of people flushing their toilets they can still flush and forget and not worry about it,” he added, and thanked residents for their patience.

Even when the section of 15-year-old pipe is replaced, it will take about another week to 10-days to re-route the other pipes and replace the road surface before the road can be fully re-opened.

Steve Tite, Borough of Poole traffic manager said: “We would like to apologise for the inconvenience and reassure residents we will get the road open as soon as we possibly can.”

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8:35am Wed 19 Feb 14

we-shall-see says...

Do they plan to replace only the burst section or the whole pipe? Surely if the pipe is 15 years old and one section has burst, it is possible that another will also burst given time? Why not just replace the whole thing while they have the ground open and lets be done with all the nonsense we have had to put up with over the years.

It really has gone beyond being funny now, as this flooding on that section of road has happened regularly for as long as I can remember and I have lived in the area for many, many years :o//
Do they plan to replace only the burst section or the whole pipe? Surely if the pipe is 15 years old and one section has burst, it is possible that another will also burst given time? Why not just replace the whole thing while they have the ground open and lets be done with all the nonsense we have had to put up with over the years. It really has gone beyond being funny now, as this flooding on that section of road has happened regularly for as long as I can remember and I have lived in the area for many, many years :o// we-shall-see
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9:56am Wed 19 Feb 14

hamworthygarden says...

Poole Council and Highways urgently need to look at an alternative route out of Hamworthy as we cannot rely on Blandford Road or our new flimsy Twin Sails Bridge so it is all down to the old Poole Bridge which cannot cope with rush hour traffic alone.
Poole Council and Highways urgently need to look at an alternative route out of Hamworthy as we cannot rely on Blandford Road or our new flimsy Twin Sails Bridge so it is all down to the old Poole Bridge which cannot cope with rush hour traffic alone. hamworthygarden
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11:52am Wed 19 Feb 14

WfrpDice says...

hamworthygarden wrote:
Poole Council and Highways urgently need to look at an alternative route out of Hamworthy as we cannot rely on Blandford Road or our new flimsy Twin Sails Bridge so it is all down to the old Poole Bridge which cannot cope with rush hour traffic alone.
Ermm, precisely where are they going to put an alternative route?
Hamworthy happens to be a peninsula with water round it and a railway line that can't be moved.

Time to buy a boat?
[quote][p][bold]hamworthygarden[/bold] wrote: Poole Council and Highways urgently need to look at an alternative route out of Hamworthy as we cannot rely on Blandford Road or our new flimsy Twin Sails Bridge so it is all down to the old Poole Bridge which cannot cope with rush hour traffic alone.[/p][/quote]Ermm, precisely where are they going to put an alternative route? Hamworthy happens to be a peninsula with water round it and a railway line that can't be moved. Time to buy a boat? WfrpDice
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7:39pm Wed 19 Feb 14

stuff the cherries says...

we-shall-see wrote:
Do they plan to replace only the burst section or the whole pipe? Surely if the pipe is 15 years old and one section has burst, it is possible that another will also burst given time? Why not just replace the whole thing while they have the ground open and lets be done with all the nonsense we have had to put up with over the years.

It really has gone beyond being funny now, as this flooding on that section of road has happened regularly for as long as I can remember and I have lived in the area for many, many years :o//
The flooding on blandford rd is surface water not sewage. A completely separate issue. :-)
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: Do they plan to replace only the burst section or the whole pipe? Surely if the pipe is 15 years old and one section has burst, it is possible that another will also burst given time? Why not just replace the whole thing while they have the ground open and lets be done with all the nonsense we have had to put up with over the years. It really has gone beyond being funny now, as this flooding on that section of road has happened regularly for as long as I can remember and I have lived in the area for many, many years :o//[/p][/quote]The flooding on blandford rd is surface water not sewage. A completely separate issue. :-) stuff the cherries
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10:07pm Wed 19 Feb 14

tbpoole says...

we-shall-see wrote:
Do they plan to replace only the burst section or the whole pipe? Surely if the pipe is 15 years old and one section has burst, it is possible that another will also burst given time? Why not just replace the whole thing while they have the ground open and lets be done with all the nonsense we have had to put up with over the years.

It really has gone beyond being funny now, as this flooding on that section of road has happened regularly for as long as I can remember and I have lived in the area for many, many years :o//
The hole they have open around the repair is probably a matter of a few yards long at most.The whole pipe is going to be a mile or two in length to the treatment works. How can it make sense to replace all the pipe? You can just imagine the disruption if they did that! And the cost.
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: Do they plan to replace only the burst section or the whole pipe? Surely if the pipe is 15 years old and one section has burst, it is possible that another will also burst given time? Why not just replace the whole thing while they have the ground open and lets be done with all the nonsense we have had to put up with over the years. It really has gone beyond being funny now, as this flooding on that section of road has happened regularly for as long as I can remember and I have lived in the area for many, many years :o//[/p][/quote]The hole they have open around the repair is probably a matter of a few yards long at most.The whole pipe is going to be a mile or two in length to the treatment works. How can it make sense to replace all the pipe? You can just imagine the disruption if they did that! And the cost. tbpoole
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