Amey completes repair work to Liverpool sink hole

Jesse Garrick, External Affairs Manager
21 August 2017
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Amey has completed repair work to the Edge Lane sink hole in Liverpool, a company spokesperson announced today.

Working on behalf of United Utilities, Amey engineers took just six weeks to repair the extensive hole, which was caused by a collapsed Victorian sewer eight metres below the road. At its widest point, the hole measured six metres wide and three metres deep.

The collapse was reported to United Utilities on 29 June and a team of Amey engineers were quick to respond, diverting traffic, securing the area and stabilising the busy dual carriageway within one hour.

The inbound section was reopened at 9pm on the same day, allowing commuters into the city the next morning; however, the hole spanned both lanes of the outbound carriageway meaning that section had to remain closed for investigation and repair work.

Amey engineers began by digging down to the sewer, working around and securing a 600mm wide water main that feeds approximately 5000 properties in the Liverpool area. The team also worked closely with other utility providers to shut off a gas main supply that had been fractured during the collapse and divert electric cables which fed a CCTV camera close to the site.

A temporary overland pipe with several pumps was set up to bypass the damaged section of sewer which allowed for waste water to be removed from United Utilities customers' properties as normal.

At this point the excavation work could begin, but it wasn't until the team reached the sewer that they discovered the true scale of the damage: that the 1.2m diameter sewer was continuing to collapse along the road. This meant having to excavate along the path until they reached the next stable section of the sewer where repair work could start.

In total, 15 metres of brick, egg-shaped sewer pipe was discovered to be damaged. This was replaced with a new concrete ovoid pipe that not only strengthened the damaged section of sewer but also meant the team could speed up the repair process.

Works concluded on Friday 11 August.

Amey’s United Utilities Waste Water Account Manager, Zak Haworth, commented: “A job of this magnitude and complexity would typically take approximately four months to repair and restore but with the drive and dedication of our skilled and experienced Amey teams working endlessly - 24 hours a day, seven days a week in shifts - we were able to significantly speed up the repair and reinstatement of the carriageway. Halving the normal repair time! The Edge Lane carriageway is now fully open just six weeks after the collapse occurred. Our operational and management teams have done a fantastic job in collaboration with the local authority and other utility companies affected. involved to ensure the work was completed safely and effectively in such a short space of time.”

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