WORK is due to start on Bridge Street in Fordingbridge next week.

From Monday (February 11) the blockwork will be replaced and the carriageway resurfaced along Bridge Street from the junction with the A338 northbound slip-road to the junction with High Street.

The work, which is expected to last for about four weeks, is being carried out as part of Hampshire County Council’s operation resilience programme.

Councillor Rob Humby, the executive member for environment and transport, said: “Looking after Hampshire’s extensive road network is one of our top priorities. Our planned maintenance programme, Operation Resilience, is a long term strategy designed to ensure Hampshire’s road network is more resilient to the impact of heavy traffic and weather.

"The programme sees an additional investment of £10 million each year and our engineers will consider the most appropriate treatments to extend the life of road surfaces while at the same time getting the best value for money.

“I would like to reassure local residents that we will do all we can to minimise disruption to traffic during these essential works, but ask that people bear with us while the repairs are carried out.”

During the work the road will remain closed to traffic and a signed alternative route will be available.

The county council says pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.