MOTORISTS face months of delays on one of the busiest roads in St Leonards this summer.
Southern Water is replacing almost 1.5 kilometres of ageing mains with durable, plastic pipes in Church Wood Drive.
The work was due to begin this week and run for 18 weeks which will finish sometime in August.
Contractor Clancy Docwra will carry out the work in phases using temporary lights to control the traffic.
The road is one of the busiest in the town serving the Robsack and Tilekiln housing estates and takes traffic into the Castleham and Churchfields Industrial Estates.
Customers affected by the work have been sent letters and updates will be given as the scheme progresses.
The aim is to cut down the amount of bursts and leakages as the mains now need to be modernised. The improvements are part of a wider project to replace 256km of water mains across the South East between 2010 and 2015.
Southern Water project manager Mark Newman said: “The water mains in this area have served us well but are starting to show their age.
“Replacing them with new pipes will drive down leakage and reduce bursts, meaning a more reliable supply to customers’ taps.
“Our priority is to carry out the work as quickly as we can with as little disruption to the community as possible and we will keep customers updated on work in their area.”