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Major pipeline upgrade kicks off at Flynn

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Major pipeline upgrade kicks off at Flynn

Gippsland Water has commenced work to replace a key section of one of the region’s most important economic infrastructure assets.

Managing director Sarah Cumming said the $1 million upgrade to the regional outfall system would help to ensure wastewater service reliability for major industry including Australian Paper’s Maryvale mill.

“The system was built back in the 1950s to transport wastewater from the Valley down to Dutson Downs and it has continued to play a key role in our local economy to this day.

“An important section that passes under the highway at Flynn is ageing and needs to be replaced.”

Ms Cumming said the works wouldn’t involve digging up the highway.

“By slipping the new pipe through a carrier pipe installed when the highway was upgraded, we can complete the work without disturbing the road.

“Having said that, as the works will take place adjacent to the highway, and will result in increased construction vehicles, the speed limit will be reduced for a short section of the Princes Highway at Flynn.”

Work commenced mid-March and is expected to take three months.

Contractor Fulton Hogan is undertaking the work and has arranged appropriate speed and warning signs with Regional Roads Victoria.

Ms Cumming urged drivers to take care while the works take place.

“We’re working either side of the highway, and we’re asking motorists to please pay attention to signs and changed traffic conditions during this time.”

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