Ayr Harbour Road to Stay Closed for UP TO 4 WEEKS for Sewer Repair
A damaged sewer pipe has prompted Scottish Water to initiate repair work, leading to the closure of South Harbour Street in the town center.
The road closure extends from the bottom of Fort Street to New Bridge Street and is expected to last up to four weeks, according to Scottish Water's assessment of the damage.
While local access for residents, businesses, and pedestrians is permitted, the road will not allow for through vehicle routes. Diversions are in place for the duration of the repair.
A spokeswoman for Scottish Water said:
“We appreciate this is a very busy area of Ayr and that the road closure has led to a substantial diversion through the town. However the closure is essential in order for our teams to work safely and for the safety of people in the area.
“Given the location of the pipe we can only work at low tide which makes this a complex repair which could take some time to carry out. We want to assure road users and the community we will do all we can to minimise disruption and complete the work as quickly as possible.
“We appreciate the road closure will cause some delays in the coming weeks and inconvenience and apologise for this. We than all road users and the community for their ongoing patience and understanding while we work on this vital repair. We will remain on site until the permanent repairs are complete and will continue to liaise and update the community including impacted residents and businesses.”
Diving teams have been deployed to ensure the work is carried out repaired safely.
To minimize potential environmental impact, pumps have been stationed on the site to over-pump waste water. The utility has been working on the site since the incident was reported, ensuring the repair work is carried out safely.
Siobhian Brown, MSP for Ayr, Prestwick, and Troon, commented to Ayrshire Daily News:
"This is not the ideal situation but these works must be carried out. Please spread the word about the closure to family members and coworkers so they can plan around it, especially during high traffic times like school and work commutes.
"I've talked with Ayrshire Roads Alliance today and they have put extra signs in place and I have asked them to consider temporarily re-opening the High St to try to alleviate traffic congestion from Ayr Town centre for next 4 weeks."