Queensland Urban Utilities has begun a $620,000 upgrade of a sewerage network.

Somerset’s sewerage network includes tunnelling under the Brisbane Valley Highway.

The project involves laying 780m of new sewer pipes between the highway and Banks Creek Road, Fernvale.

Queensland Urban Utilities spokesperson, Michelle Cull, said the works would cater for long term future development in the area.

“Fernvale’s current population is around 1,500 but it’s expected to reach 7,500 by 2051, which is an increase of 400 per cent,” she said.

“This project will ensure we’re providing a reliable sewerage network that grows with the community.

“Most of the existing sewer pipes in the network are 150mm in diameter. The new pipe will be double that size, at 300mm.”

The new pipe will stretch along Banks Creek Road and Burns Road up to Stumer Park, with the final section running under the highway to join up with the existing network on the other side.

“We’re using the latest trenchless technology to tunnel bore under the busy stretch of road, without any disruption to traffic,” Ms Cull said.

“Some other parts of the project will involve open trenching, which could cause some minor noise and dust impacts.”

Works will commence in March and are expected to be completed within six months, weather permitting.

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