�2million project to improve roads and drainage in Wisbech’s North Ward to begin next week

A SIX month project to improve roads and drainage in Wisbech’s North Ward will start on November 19.

The work will cost �2million and is expected to take about six months to complete.

New soakaways will enhance the surface water drainage system and areas of highway will be repaired.

Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Community Infrastructure, Councillor Tony Orgee, said: “This project is another example of the county council’s commitment to improving the highway infrastructure in Wisbech and follows on from the work we have already carried out around the Boathouse on Nene Key.

“The current scheme will enhance the drainage system and much improve the highway network and by using materials from the site which will be recycled we can cut the time taken for the work at keep costs to a minimum.”

Parts of the North Ward have experienced problems with surface water flooding and an increase in heavy goods vehicles has caused damage to Mount Pleasant and Osborne Road.

Councillor Orgee has warned motorists to expect delays while the improvements are being made.

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He said: “Local road closures will be put in place during phases of the work with signed diversions.

“Access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times, but drivers are being warned to find alternative routes or allow extra time for their journey.”