DRIVERS face three months of disruption as an ageing water main is replaced.
Anglian Water will begin replacing the concrete pipe that supplies water to Ketton on December 15.
The £250,000 scheme will see a new pipe laid along a route that takes it over fields and across the River Welland before following Ketton Road from Collyweston into the village.
A technique known as directional drilling will be used to take the pipe under the Welland, pulling it through the ground beneath the riverbed behind a drill head attached to the front.
The same process will be used to take the pipe along Ketton Road to try and minimise disruption to road users.
Two-way traffic lights will be installed between Ketton and Collyweston throughout January and February.
A public drop in session was held in a mobile cabin in Luffenham Road on Wednesday.
Anglian Water spokesman John Clare said a steady trickle of people had similar concerns.
“Most of the interest was from people who were worried we would be shutting the road,” he said. “But we were able to reassure them that wasn’t going to happen and traffic lights would be installed.
“The benefits this new pipe gives to people in Ketton should last a lifetime and will hopefully far outweigh any inconvenience.”
The work is expected to last until March.