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Road Improvement with large Civil Engineering companies

Metro Rod provides a full range of drainage services and were contracted by a large Civil Engineering company in 2013 to assist with road improvement works they were undertaking.

What was the problem?

Support was requested from the Civil Engineering company in delivering Section 3 of the A465 road improvement project near Ebbw Vale. This involved the modification of a 16km stretch of the A road from single to dual carriageway, and work was completed in October 2015. This is especially important during periods of wet weather to minimise the risk of flooding and consequent significant delays to the project.


What did we do to help?

Work involved all aspects of tankering including vacuum tanker work to keep road gullies, drains and holding tanks (siltbuster units) clear of debris and silt during construction, plus High Pressure Water Jetting to clean drains, notably to clean newly laid drains ahead of completing CCTV surveys by crawler camera in order to ensure no defects.

Metro Rod have worked closely with the Civil Engineering company to ensure this project has been delivered on time. A high level of responsiveness has been maintained with rapid turnaround to site where reactive issues have been identified, e.g. with specific land drains. 


Particular Highlights

The quality of our work meant that we were awarded the same assignment with a second Civil Engineering company for delivery of Section 2 of the road.

This 12km section is largely in a gorge area, with a steep rock-face at one side of the road and a steep drop at the other side. Conversion to dual carriageway will therefore require blasting of the rock face and the construction of a suspended road on the other side. This working environment has resulted in our engineers obtaining Site Safety Supervisor and Gold CSCS card qualifications in order to ensure the highest health and safety standards. Work, which commenced in April 2015, is conducted in stringent traffic management conditions.

This will be a 3-year project involving the emptying of gullies, land drains and holding tanks with High Pressure Water Jetting from tankers and crawler-camera CCTV survey of all drains.