Construction work on the Exeter flood defense scheme has reached another key milestone as work around the Quay area of the city is halted to avoid disruption to visitors and businesses over the summer.
The Environment Agency announced today that the work on the Quay will resume from October 2017.
According to EA, over the past 5 months contractors have been building a flood defense system that will be put in place when flooding is expected and then taken down when river levels recede.
A temporary tarmac surface is to be laid to some of the Quay area for the summer as further works in these areas will be necessary. The reinstatement of permanent surfaces will be made at the end of the works in 2018. At Piazza Terracina works are now nearing completion with permanent paving being laid. Over the weekend BMM JV are putting the finishing touches to defenses in this area, reported the EA.
Richard Cox, project manager for the Environment Agency, said: “We are making substantial progress and would like to thank all businesses, residents and visitors for their patience and co-operation. Once complete in 2018 this £32 million scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to thousands of homes and businesses in the city.”
The EA added that during winter 2017/18, BMM JV will be back at the Quay to complete flood defenses around Quay Bridge and the Samuel Jones pub area. Some disruption will be experienced during this time but the Quay will remain open throughout works.
Work is due to start at Eagle Cottages and Haven Road after Easter.
BMM JV is still on site at Bonhay Road where works are due to finish later in the summer. This is later than anticipated due to very poor ground conditions.