Work is to start next week on installing a new water main in Borde Hill Lane near Haywards Heath - and drivers are being warned that the road will be closed for 18 weeks while the work takes place.
The water pipe between Copyhold Lane and Rylands Bridge has burst 11 times in the past five years and is now being replaced to stop residents and businesses in the area going without tap water if it were to burst again.
South East Water spokesman Chris Love said: “With 288,000 litres of water being pumped through the pipe each day it’s unacceptable to us that homes and businesses in Haywards Heath go without water when it bursts.
“The safety of the public and our workforce is our number one priority and because the road is already highly congested with utilities, the only space that remains to lay the new pipe is in the centre of the Borde Hill Lane which is why the road will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the project.”
The work will be taking place between the junction of Copyhold Lane and a point 400 metres north of the junction with River’s Road.
Access to all businesses and restaurants along Borde Hill Lane, such as those in Borde Hill Garden, will be maintained at all times.
Work starts on January 11 and will last approximately 18 weeks. A diversion route will be sign posted.
Chris said: “I would like to apologise for the disruption this work will cause, but hope motorists and the local community understand the long term benefits this scheme will deliver.”
A page has been created on the South East Water website which will be regularly updated with maps and scheme news: www.southeastwater.co.uk/haywardsheath