Work is now well underway at Lane End to replace old gas mains, and the road is closed to all traffic.
The parish council has been in regular contact with SGN, the gas provider, and has asked if the road could remain open to vehicles, perhaps with traffic light control.
However, as the photos show, wide trenches are being dug and space must be allowed for use by machinery and to allow for safety and the required social distancing under Coronavirus rules.
The work, which started on Monday, is expected to last for 12 weeks, with vehicles diverted via Milford, a distance of approximately three miles. For those heading south, an alternative is Vann Lane, Pockford and Chiddingfold.
A footpath beside the excavations has been provided and access to adjacent properties will be maintained. The road closure is between the Wormley Lane and Cricket Green/Vann Lane junctions on Lane End.
Robin McKeith, the Hambledon Parish councillor with responsibility for highways and maintenance issues, said: “Following a slow start to the roadworks on Monday the 4th January, the gas main work has progressed significantly, and a large trench now stretches as far as the bus stop.
“The Parish Council is in regular contact with the engineers responsible for the maintenance, and will continue to monitor the progress of the work to keep the village updated on the committed 12-week timetable.
If you have any concerns, please contact the Parish Council”.
The council has asked SGN is it can provide a schedule of work so that residents can be assured the timetable is being adhered to and the work completed as swiftly as possible.
For more information about the project please look at previous news stories on this website.