Queensland Urban Utilities has begun the next stage of upgrades to one of Brisbane’s main sewers.

The historic 100-year-old sewer pipe carries 60 per cent of the city’s sewage and lies eight storeys below the ground. The upgrades are part of a $66 million rehabilitation project by Interflow.

Queensland Urban Utilities spokesperson, Michelle Cull, said the total upgrade involved relining 5.8km of sewer pipe from James St in Fortitude Valley to the Eagle Farm Pump Station in Bunya St.

The next stage of upgrades will take place on Kingsford Smith Drive between Amy St and Cooksley St, Hamilton.

“With the first stage between Cooksley St and Riverview Tce due to be completed mid-November, work has now begun on the next section between Amy St and Cooksley St,” she said.

“So far we’ve relined 1.6km of pipe with another 4.2km to go. We’re using the latest trenchless technology to avoid digging up the road and disrupting traffic.”

The award winning project, which is one of the most unique sewer rehabilitations ever undertaken in Australia due to the age and depth of the pipe, is due to be completed by 2019.

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