Maintenance.

Completed Maintenance Works

Well Creek – (Phase IV British Legion Footbridge – Isle Bridge, Outwell)

The fourth phase of the Well Creek dredging programme commenced during the second week of January 2018. It was necessary for the contractors long reach hydraulic excavator to work on four consecutive Sundays from the carriageway of the A1101 (Town Street) under traffic control to minimise traffic disruption along this length. Dredging works were undertaken during the weekdays from Lowside where bank side access was afforded. Approximately 3600m³ (6300 tonnes) of silt were removed from the river bed, along a length of approximately 760 metres. The resultant dredgings, approximately 525 loads, were transported to the receiving site by a fleet of five tractors/trailers. The silt will be left to dry out over the summer months, allowing it to be re-handled and used for bank raising material elsewhere within the Commissioners system in the future.

Old River Nene(Bevills Leam Junction – Speed the Plough Junction)

Maintenance dredging works commenced during late December 2017 to remove siltation from the bed of the Old River Nene from Bevills Leam Junction to Speed the Plough Junction. It was necessary to work from both sides of the raised embankments to afford the contractors 18-metre-long reach machine the ability to reach the centre of the channel. The silt material has been placed along the crest of the raised embankments, where it will be left to dry during the spring months. The material will raise and strengthen the existing raised embankment. Final levelling and grass seeding will be undertaken during the summer.