Residents and businesses in Alton will get the chance to learn about an essential £1.4 million project to improve the local water network at a drop-in session next month.
South East Water will be laying a new three kilometre section of water pipeline along A339 Whitedown Lane, around The Butts, along Butts Road and A339 Selborne Road and through private fields early next year.
Work on this essential scheme will begin on Monday 23 January and the highways section of the project is expected to take approximately 28 weeks to complete.
Members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions at the drop-in session between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday 5 January at The Butts Primary School, Bolle Road, Alton, GU34 1PW.
To allow South East Water’s workforce to safely lay the new pipe while keeping disruption to a minimum, temporary traffic lights will be in place along A339 Whitedown Lane, Butts Road and the A339 Selborne Road.
A temporary road closure will also be in place while the new pipe is laid around The Butts.
Chris Love, Delivery Manager at South East Water, said: “This important project will allow us to improve the capacity of the local water network and ensure we can continue to maintain water pressure to the Alton area as the community grows.
“We know roadworks can be frustrating to motorists and the local community. To minimise disruption to local residents and motorists we are planning to use traffic lights along most of the highway section of our scheme to keep traffic flowing. However, to keep the public and our workforce safe we will need to implement a temporary closure of The Butts while we lay the new pipe in the road around the field.”
Chris added: “Our public drop-in session will give people the chance to find out more about the scheme to ask any questions they may have. We look forward to meeting people at the session to discuss any concerns they may have.”
During the scheme, access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times.
Regular updates on the scheme can be found at southeastwater.co.uk/alton.
The scheme forms part of the company’s £424 million investment programme taking place between 2015 and 2020.