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View recent newsLane closure: A14/Huntingdon Road, Cambridge

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Update: Tuesday 4 June 2013

Lane closure: A14/Huntingdon Road, Cambridge

Emergency repairs on a burst water main alongside the A14 near Cambridge have been completed; however, traffic management is to remain in place for the immediate future.

Cambridge Water engineers left site at 8.30am yesterday morning (Monday 3 June) one week after the water main burst at Washpit Brook.

The job has now been handed over to contractors for the Highway’s Agency, who will now complete work to repair a cracked concrete culvert that channels a natural water course alongside the dual carriageway.

Simon Crow, customer operations manager for Cambridge Water, said: “We would like to thank homeowners and motorists for their patience over the past week. At this stage we do not know when the lane will re-open, however, this has now been passed to the Highway’s Agency for completion.”

Catherine Brookes, Highways Agency Asset Delivery Manager, said: "We are currently carrying out an investigation to ensure the integrity of the culvert has not been compromised. Discussions on possible repair options will be taking place this week.  The Lane 2 closure will remain in place for the immediate future to prevent direct traffic load on the affected section of the culvert. We will issue further information as soon as we have it."

Update: 3.00pm Friday 31 May 2013

Lane closure: A14/Huntingdon Road, Cambridge

Emergency repairs on a burst water main alongside the A14 near Cambridge, are expected to continue throughout the weekend.

Cambridge Water engineers were called to the site on Bank Holiday Monday following the burst at Washpit Brook.

One lane of the eastbound carriage way into the city has been closed while the emergency repair works take place.

Repairs have been hampered due to the fact the water main has burst underneath a concrete culvert which channels a natural water course alongside the dual carriageway.

Initial excavations have revealed the culvert has cracked and water is leaking out of it, into the site of the burst water main.

This combined with cables from other utilities and the excessive rain over the past few days has meant repairs have taken longer than originally anticipated.

Further work to repair the burst main is taking place today, after stemming the water flow through the culvert, allowing repairs to progress.

Restoration of the highway to its original condition will continue when this task is complete.

Cambridge Water’s customer operations manager, Simon Crow, said: “We are working in partnership with the Highways Agency, local authorities and other utilities.

“Further delays were experienced after a crack in the culvert was discovered and high volumes of water from the natural water course slowed progress.

“Having stemmed the flow of water, we were able to make further progress on the repair.

“We would like to apologise for any disruption this emergency work has caused and thank people for their continued patience.”

 

Update: 12.30pm Wednesday 29 May 2013

Lane closure: A14/Huntingdon Road, Cambridge

Work to repair a burst water main alongside the A14 at the Girton interchange will take longer than originally expected.

Cambridge Water engineers were called to the site on Bank Holiday Monday following the burst at Washpit Brook.

One lane of the eastbound carriage way into the city has been closed while the emergency repair works take place.

Contractors have been working around the clock to resolve the situation, however, the repairs have been hampered due to the fact the water main has burst underneath a concrete culvert which channels a natural water course alongside the dual carriageway.

Initial excavations have revealed the culvert has cracked and water is leaking out of it, into the site of the burst water main.

This combined with cables from other utilities and the excessive rain over the past few days has meant repairs will take longer than originally anticipated.

Cambridge Water’s customer operations manager, Simon Crow, said: “We are working in partnership with the Highways Agency, local authorities and other utilities.

“Our first priority has been to ensure all of our customers have a water supply. Three customers in Hale Farm Close were initially provided with bottled water until we could get a temporary water supply installed.

“Our second priority is to minimise disruption as far as possible to traffic along the A14. Repairing water main has been challenging for us, but we are working to get it resolved as quickly as possible.

“As soon as we have any updates we will notify customers via our website and the media.

“We would like to apologise for any disruption this emergency work has caused and thank people for their patience.”

 

Update: 4.30pm Tuesday 28 May 2013

Lane closure: A14/Huntingdon Road, Cambridge

Emergency repairs on a burst water main alongside the A14 near Cambridge, are expected to continue throughout tomorrow (Wednesday 29 May 2013).

One lane of the A14, which runs into the city from Huntingdon, will remain closed to enable repairs to take place.

Work on site has been hampered due to the fact the water main has burst underneath a concrete culvert, which runs alongside the dual carriageway.

A spokesman for Cambridge Water said: “The emergency repairs on the burst water main are on-going, however we are doing everything within our power to try and ensure the work is completed by tomorrow afternoon.

 “We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank motorists for their patience.”

Three customers at Hale Farm Close are currently without water and have been offered bottled water supplies while the repairs take place. They are expected to be reconnected later this evening.

 

Tuesday 9am 28 May 2013

Lane closure: A14/Huntingdon Road, Cambridge

Emergency repairs on a burst water main alongside the A14 near Cambridge, will continue throughout the day (Tuesday 28 May 2013).

One lane of the A14, which runs into the city from Huntingdon, will be closed to enable repairs to take place.

Cambridge Water inspectors were notified of the burst on the 12 inch water main at 7am on Monday morning (27 May 2013).

A number of properties in the Girton area were without water until 10.30am when the burst was located under a concrete culvert which runs by the A14 at Washpit Brook.

The location of the burst under the culvert means repairs are likely to be on-going until this evening.

Only six properties in Hale Farm Close are currently without water and have been offered bottled water supplies while the repairs take place.

A spokesman for Cambridge Water said: “The emergency repairs on the burst water main are likely to be on-going throughout the day. If everything remains on schedule we hope to complete the work this evening and resurface the road overnight. Work is on-going to minimise potential disruption to rush hour traffic tomorrow morning.

 

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank motorists in advance for their patience.”

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