Monday, June 9, 2008

News: Rotherham flood alleviation scheme


The £14m first phase of the Rotherham Flood Alleviation Scheme has taken two major steps forward. A former railway bridge that caused a five-foot rise in the River Don’s water levels in last summer’s flooding has been removed and defences for a new office park have been completed as part of the phase-one work to protect a one-kilometre stretch from Templeborough towards the town centre. The 60-tonne bridge was on the north side of Sheffield Road at Templeborough. Last June, with the river level already high, it caused a massive obstruction to water flow, creating the increased build-up. Removing the bridge has greatly minimised the flood risk to the town centre. The main steel-pile defences into the banks near the new Phoenix Riverside park on Sheffield Road will protect it to a one-in-100-year standard. The work is being carried out by contractor Volker Stevin for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. Part of Yorkshire Forward’s Renaissance Towns programme, it has been designed by engineering company Jacobs and is fundamental to the town-centre transformation being brought about by Rotherham Renaissance. The council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development, Cllr Gerald Smith, said: “I am tremendously impressed by the scale of the work being done on this first section of the defences and how well the team of Jacobs Design, Volker Stevin construction with our own staff is really working hard to get the job done."


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