A MAJOR road could be opened early next year as flood defence work continues.
The B2150 through Hambledon has been closed since June after work began on building a huge underground pipe.
In early 2016 it is planned that the B2150 will be reopened to all traffic, under controlled conditions that may include lowered speed limits and temporary traffic lights.
It comes as good progress is being made on the £4.3m scheme.
The contractor has closed down the site for Christmas and restarts work next Monday.
Councillor Seán Woodward, in charge of transport at Hampshire County Council, said: ‘Around 360 metres of the “big pipe” has been laid and we have worked closely with BT, Southern Water, SSE and all other utilities to minimise disruption and inconvenience.
‘I am pleased to report that a bus service has been maintained.’
He added: ‘This bespoke scheme will provide much-needed relief and peace of mind to residents and businesses, in an area that is prone to flooding. At its worst, the main roads through Hambledon were completely flooded for several months by groundwater following the exceptional rainfall during the winter of 2013/14.’
The next drop-in session for residents to meet contractors – Mildren Construction Limited – and Hampshire County Council staff for an update on the progress of the scheme will be on Monday, January 11 from 3.30pm to 6pm in the village hall.