WATER chiefs have vowed to minimise road disruption in Maltby as a £400,000 scheme to replace Victorian drinking water pipes began this week.
Yorkshire Water will replace 1,800 metres of old pipes in the town with a new robust plastic version.
Engineering specialist Balfour Beatty Utility Services began work this week along the A631 Rotherham Road between Warwick Road and Blyth Road.
The project is expected to take four months.
Yorkshire Water said everything would be done to minimise disruption for road users.
The company has devised a plan with Rotherham Council which enables them to keep the road open while completing the work as quickly as possible.
Mike Tunnicliffe, project manager for Yorkshire Water said: “This vital work is all about reducing the number of bursts on our network and further improving the quality of water delivered to Maltby residents and businesses.”
“Work on this scale is always likely to cause some disruption to road users, but we want to reassure all concerned that we’ll be doing everything we possibly can to complete the job as quickly as possible, with the minimum amount of disruption.”
In order to ensure the safety of the site team and road users, rolling temporary traffic lights will be in place between of 9.30am and 3.30pm throughout the project. Outside of these hours, the temporary traffic lights will be off.
This latest project is part of a £20million investment the company is making in South Yorkshire to further improve drinking water pipes in the area, with over 100km of ageing pipes already replaced since 2005 across Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham.