Hailsham High Street closed to vehicles and parking this week as the second phase of town centre improvements got under way.
Traffic is being diverted down Vicarage Lane and George Street but arrangements have been made for business deliveries.
The work includes widening of footpaths in High Street, road resurfacing and the installation of pedestrian crossing points.
Changes to road layout
Contractors, Costain CH2M, began prepatory works in May and construction at the beginning of this month with changes to the road layout at the northern end of the High Street, new traffic signals, and the installation of a pedestrian crossing.
The road remained open to traffic for the majority of the time during the first phase with occasional overnight closures.
The final phase of improvements before a break for Christmas is expected to begin on October 3 and includes the widening of footpaths in George Street, changes to the road layout and the installation of a new zebra crossing.
The road will remain open for the first four weeks, but closed to traffic for the final four weeks.
Christmas tree lights
Work is expected to be completed by November 25 to coincide with the turning on of the Christmas tree lights.
Following a five-week break, work is due to resume on January 3, 2017, with improvements to the road layout and footpaths in Vicarage Lane and Vicarage Road. The road will be closed for eight weeks while a permanent southbound one-way system is put in place.
All work is expected to becompleted by February 28, 2017.
An East Sussex County Council press release says the £2.6 million Hailsham town centre scheme is the first part of the solution to address pressures caused by an increase in development and traffic in the area. Other measures are being explored and planned.
“While the scheme will include a reduction in on-street parking spaces, Hailsham will retain its free off-road parking – more than 650 spaces.”
Cllr Bill Bentley, county council member for Hailsham and Herstmonceux and chairman of the steering group set up by four councils involved in the improvements said: “Keeping the town open for business and disruption to an absolute minimum is as important as the scheme in itself.”
He added: “We have worked closely with the business community and residents affected to ensure that they are not unnecessarily affected by the work.
• Uckfield News normally concentrates on news from Uckfield and surrounding villages but, because of improvements taking place in our own town we thought you might be interested in reading what is happening in nearby Hailsham.