DRIVERS are being warned of delays at a busy Greenock town centre roundabout as more work to tackle flooding gets underway.
A four-way traffic light system will be in operation at the High Street/Inverkip Street roundabout from Monday (9 July) for about four weeks.
Drivers are advised to allow extra time for journeys. A traffic contraflow system on Inverkip Street will be in place with four lanes reduced to two (one lane open each way).
Traffic lights will be set up at the High Street roundabout with Inverkip Street (A78)/Sir Michael Street/High Street/exit to Greenock Bus Station for about a month.
Pedestrian access will be maintained. The pedestrian crossing near the roundabout will be replaced with a temporary crossing. All local businesses will remain open.
The initial phase of the £2.8million work involved installing 47 metres of pipework in the Bullring car park as well as two large combined sewer overflow chambers in the B&M Stores car park.
The new phase of the project involves connecting this new infrastructure to an existing sewer that is located at the High Street roundabout and completing upgrade works at the B&M car park. The upgrade will help reduce the risk of flooding in the Oak Mall Shopping Centre and surrounding areas.
Project manager Scott Hendry, from contractor amey Black & Veatch said: “The existing sewer is located in the middle of the road on the roundabout.
“To minimise the length of time we are in the road and the disruption to road users, we are using a guided tunneling machine to tunnel across to the roundabout.
“We shall then excavate down and connect the new pipework on to the existing sewer.
“We appreciate that this work may cause disruption and thank drivers in advance for their patience and understanding whilst we complete this essential work.”
Scottish Water corporate affairs regional manager, Ruaridh MacGregor, said: “We would like to ask drivers to allow additional time for their journeys.
“We do appreciate that the work will impact road users; however we believe they will understand as the project will benefit retailers, shoppers and the wider community by helping to reduce the risk of flooding.”
The remaining work after the traffic lights are taken away will be confined to the B&M car park and is expected to be completed by early September 2018.