Residents and businesses in the Alfriston area will benefit from a major East Sussex County Council road repair scheme.
The old and worn pipe beneath Alfriston High Street that drains surface water from the road is being replaced. The whole stretch of road will then be resurfaced.
180 metres of pipe is being replaced between Star Lane and Dene Car Park. After extensive talks with the parish council, businesses and residents, to identify the best time of year to carry out the work, the start date has been confirmed as Monday 18 February.
The repairs and resurfacing are due to take seven weeks to complete – partly because there are several other pipes and wires in the ground that need to be worked around.
Alfriston Village will be completely closed to through traffic. A diversion route has been set up for drivers. Businesses will be open as usual.
Working hours will be 7am to 5pm and, where necessary, we will work extra hours and weekends to make sure it’s finished as quickly as possible. We will do our best to give residents access to their homes and would encourage people to discuss any issues with staff on site. Please check with your bus company for any alterations to service during this time.
Councillor Carl Maynard, Lead Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “We’ve been working extremely closely with local people since last July to identify the best time of year to carry out these essential repairs and we’d like to thank everybody for their input.
“When the work is finished the road will look better and be much safer for drivers to use. But, while it takes place traffic delays are inevitable. We’re sorry for any disruption and suggest drivers allow extra time for their journeys.
“I’m pleased to say all businesses in the village will be open as usual.”