Sep 15 2010 by Judith Tonner, Airdrie & Coatbridge
WORK is beginning this week on a project intended to help prevent the all-too-familiar recent scene of flooding in Airdrie town centre.
Contractors Byzak, employed by Scottish Water, are carrying out six weeks of site investigations at Victoria Place, beside the town’s railway station.
Work began on Monday and involves closing one side of the road for a distance of around 30 metres and using temporary traffic lights to keep vehicles moving.
Employees from the water authority are also undertaking radar surveys and checking manholes on Cairnhill Road to identify underground utilities.
The busy main street, along with adjacent Broomknoll Street, is prone to flooding, causing chaos in each of the past two summers.
Work will be carried out at night to minimise disruption throughout the two-week study, which will also require the closure of one side of the road.
Trial trenches may be dug next month to confirm the location of underground pipes.
Both projects are preliminary measures forming part of the proposed urgent upgrade to Monklands’ waste water network.
A Scottish Water spokesman said: “The upgrade will reduce flooding risk at Cairnhill Road and the railway station and protect water quality in the many watercourses around Airdrie and Coatbridge.”