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Grubb Avenue Traralgon sewer works

Traralgon residents to benefit from major investment

Traralgon will benefit from a $2.8M investment as Gippsland Water delivers a project to prevent sewer backflows in the west end of town.

The new 1.4km main will add capacity to the sewer network, so that in times of high wastewater flow, or heavy rain events, the system can cope with the added volume, preventing wastewater from spilling.

Work is underway and is expected to be completed by mid-2017.

Gippsland Water is working with residents, schools and a nearby business to advise of disruptions including changes in traffic conditions on Grubb Avenue between Douglas Parade and Grey Street.

The new main will be installed along Grey Street, Boola Court, Wirilda Crescent, Grubb Avenue, Douglas Parade, Inverness Way and James Parade. The works include digging large trenches for sewer pits and underground drilling for pipes.

The 375mm diameter pipe will provide capacity for a 1 in 5 year flood, and once complete heavy rainfall events will pose much less risk of overflowing from the sewer network into the environment or residential properties.

“Investing in capital projects for the future growth and expansion of towns is a major part of our planning objectives, and this project provides great benefits for the residents of Traralgon,” said Paul Clark, General Manager Customer Service and Communications at Gippsland Water.

“As a result of the works the southbound lane of Grubb Avenue is temporarily closed to ensure the safety of motorists, pedestrians and workers. A detour is in place along Douglas Parade. Construction of this section of the project was planned for January so most of the works could be completed during the school holidays. Gippsland Water is working hard to complete this section of the project as soon as possible.

"We will continue to work closely with those affected by the works and will provide regular updates. We thank the community for their patience while this important upgrade is being carried out,” concluded Mr Clark.

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