TRAFFIC disruption is likely as a £120,000 flood defence scheme begins.
Contractors for Hampshire County Council will begin nine weeks of work this month that will close a section of the B2149 Durrants Road, the main road from Havant to Rowlands Castle.
The work is to build a bigger drainage channel for Durrants Stream.
It is hoped the increased capacity will help prevent flooding to land, roads and homes upstream.
A diversion will be in place during the work and pedestrians will still be able to walk over the bridge.
Prospect Lane will become a temporary one-way route, from Stansted Crescent towards Whichers Gate Road.
Councillor Mel Kendal, in charge of transport in Hampshire, said: ‘This is essential work that has been timed to be carried out during the traditional holiday period in order to minimise inconvenience locally.
‘I hope that people can bear with us while the work is ongoing. Some disruption will be unavoidable but we will do our best to keep this to a minimum.’