Work on a major Scottish Water project to connect the new water Main to the existing network is progressing well and should be completed later this year. The project is part of Scottish Water’s major investment in Ayrshire which was announced in December 2015.
Work on the construction of the 7.3 mile-long water main south of Drybridge, near Dreghorn, to the west of Eglinton Country Park started in September 2016. The water main will be installed on mainly rural land, with the route going under the River Irvine and the A71, replacing an existing main whose route goes through more built-up areas including the north east of Irvine and parts of Bourtreehill, Broomlands and Dreghorn.
The £120 million investment in the utility’s water mains infrastructure will benefit almost 220,000 people in much of Ayrshire and part of East Renfrewshire. The new route will also improve accessibility for Scottish Water to undertake maintenance work and, should the need arise, any repair work.
In excess of 85,000 individuals in various sections of North Ayrshire, including Irvine, Kilwinning, Stevenston, Dreghorn, Drybridge and parts of Saltcoats, will also benefit from improved security of their water supply as well as a reduction in the risk of burst water-mains once the project is complete.
Work on the installation of about 30 miles of new mains is also under way on a 13 mile-long stretch from near Newton Mearns to the Fenwick/Waterside area.
June saw road users in the Irvine area, on a stretch of the northwest-bound lane of Long Drive, near Hill roundabout, being advised of a lane closure from June 19 to June 31 in order to enable the continuation of work to continue, and temporary traffic lights being set in operation on the affected stretch of road.
Scottish Water thanked affected road users in advance for their patience and understanding.
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