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Road drainage scheme in Looe

Work is taking place from 16 February 2019 on an upgraded drainage system for St Martin's Road, Looe. 

To minimise local disruption and complete this scheme as soon as possible, the Council will completely close St Martin’s Road for 8 weeks from 16 February 2019 aiming for the work to be completed by 13 April 2019 so that the road will be open in the run up to Easter.

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The Council's contractor, CORMAC, will have crews on site 7 days a week, working during all daylight hours.

There will be a few days of site investigation works carried out under traffic light control before 16 February in advance of the work starting on the scheme itself.

The scheme is designed to prevent surface flooding and protect residents and road users in the event of a ‘100 year rainfall event - a phrase used when describing the 1 in a 100 chance of a severe storm hitting an area in any given year.  The design also factors in work to future proof the scheme against the predicted effects of climate change.

The new highway drainage scheme complements improvements put in place by the Council on St Martin’s Road in 2013 and 2014 which included the installation of higher kerbs and retaining walls to prevent highway surface water entering properties.

Since those works, extensive survey and investigation work on this challenging site have been carried out and have resulted in this new drainage scheme.

The works will take place on a stretch of St Martin’s Road starting at the ‘St Martin’ residential development at the top of the hill and ending 400 metres downhill, on the high side of the entrance to the Commonwood Manor hotel.

The proposed highway drainage system uses a series of new road gullies to capture water flowing on the road surface. The captured water is then conveyed through a series of new pipes and inspection chambers. The water will then be discharged deep into the ground using soakaways. The soakaways were installed in the carriageway last year.

You can find updates on the work on the CORMAC website