Spalding roads set for disruption as gas and water maintenance works are announced for the summer and autumn
Motorists in Spalding will face major disruption over the next four months due to essential gas and water repairs.
Monks House Lane, West Marsh Road and Winfrey Avenue will be affected as a £500,000 project by Anglian Water to install new water mains and replace a sewage manhole takes place between July 20 and November 4.
Meanwhile, gas supplier Cadent is to carry out what it described as "essential gas maintenance" in Winsover Road where an iron gas main will be replaced by plastic ones.
The work was originally scheduled for July 8-26 but has been put back to mid-September.
David Hartley, of Anglian Water, said: "Our teams will begin work in July to install one kilometre of new water main in Spalding.
"The work, which will begin in fields off Monks House Lane before continuing onto Pennygate and finishing between Chatterton Water Tower and Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, is expected to be completed by the end of September.
"This work will see over half a million pounds' worth of investment for the town, ensuring we are ready as demand grows in the area.
"We have already written to our customers in the area and will keep them updated as the work progresses."
A road closure will be in place on Pennygate, between Hannam Boulevard and Monks House Lane, from July 29 for five weeks.
Temporary road closures will also be in place along Winfrey Avenue, as well as an "access road" leading to both Spalding Bus Station and the town's Holland Market retail development.
The closure will be in place from August 5 for an estimated six weeks when a diversion route into Holland Market will be in place along the A151 and Swan Street.
Mr Hartley said: "The work will supplement the existing supply of the town, ensuring that current water pressures are maintained as demand grows in the area.
"It has been scheduled in progressive phases during the school summer holidays to reduce the impact on local residents, helping to minimise disruption where possible."
Engineers are expected to be on site from 7.30am to 5.30pm, Mondays to Friday, with occasional weekend work "to get things back to normal as quickly as possible", according to Mr Hartley.
However, once the work is near completion, Anglian Water engineers will move to West Marsh Road where a 5.5m wide manhole cover, into which most of Spalding's foul sewage is sent, will be replaced.
Coun Elizabeth Sneath, whose county council ward covers part of the area affected, said: "It is good to see that Anglian Water are planning ahead to ensure that the services and infrastructure we need are in place as the town grows and demand increases.
"Although this work will be disruptive in certain areas of the town, I am sure that mitigation measures will be in place to keep traffic moving as smoothly as possible."
Meanwhile, a Cadent spokesman said: "We are upgrading a stretch of ageing gas mains in Winsover Road, close to the level crossing off St John's Road, to ensure that local people continue to enjoy safe and reliable gas supplies.
"The work is due to start in mid-September and is expected to take approximately three weeks.
"However, because the work is close to the level crossing, there will need to be some road closures for safety reasons.
"These road closures are expected to take place during the evenings and we will be able to update people with further details nearer the time."