Work is now under way to upgrade the local gas supply network in the Bank Street area of Galashiels and will last approximately 17 weeks.
The existing metal gas mains and services in Bank Street will be replaced with modern plastic polyethylene (PE) pipe which has a minimum lifespan of around 80 years.
To minimise disruption, work will be carried out in three phases.
Phase one will take around three weeks and will take place in Bank Street Brae between Bank Street and Gala Park. Traffic will not be affected during this phase.
However, road closure will be put in place during phase two, lasting around eight weeks. Bank Street will be closed between the junctions with Bank Street Brae and Sime Place. A local diversion will be in place via Albert Place, Braw Lads Brae, George Craig Bridge, Currie Road, Ladhope Vale and Bridge Place.
Work has been planned in close collaboration with the council, which will be carrying out resurfacing works in Bank Street and High Street when phase two is completed.
Phase three will see work carried out in Bank Street between the junctions with Bank Street Brae and St.John Street, for approximately six weeks. Traffic will be able to pass the roadworks. All businesses will be open as usual.
Access for pedestrians will be maintained at all times. Assistance will be given to maintain deliveries to businesses.
Work will be carried out Monday to Friday, 8am to 4.15pm during phases one and three. During phase two work will be carried out seven days a week.
A compensation scheme in place for small businesses which suffer genuine loss of trade due to the works. Details of this scheme and how to apply are at www.sgn.co.uk
During the work, SGN will l have a base in the vicinity and at allocated times will have a member of their finance team available to help with questions about our compensation scheme.
SGN Construction Manager Stuart Pender said: “We will be doing everything we can to minimise disruption and complete our works as quickly as possible.
“We understand that roadworks can be frustrating and we’re sorry for any inconvenience caused. We would like to thank everyone for their patience while we carry out our essential works.”