TRAFFIC chaos is feared for businesses and residents as major roadworks start in Longford next week.
A £2million project to install sewer pipes starts on Monday and will see part of Tewkesbury Road dug up.
Work on Longford Lane will also begin on October 1 and temporary traffic lights will be in place for up to one month.
Embattled motorists and residents are met representatives from Severn Trent Water earlier this week to find out just how bad the roadworks could be.
But there are fears that the roadworks could also impact on businesses in the area.
Gloucester City councillor Jim Porter (C, Longlevens) said: “This is certainly going to have an impact on local residents and businesses. We would prefer this not to happen but the nature of the work means that it has to be done. All one can do is try to minimise the inevitable disruption.
“From my experience of these things, the first couple of days are chaos but after that motorists start to by-pass the affected area as they become aware of the problem. One just has to try and work around it.”
The work will see 2,700 metres of new sewer pipes installed along with a treatment facility.
Residents say that keeping people informed about the planned works will be the key to minimising disruption.
Dave Bennett, who lives off Innsworth Lane, said: “I understand you can’t have gain without pain, but it is vital that people are kept informed over this.”
Businesses in the area are also worried about the effect it will have on them.
The Longford Inn and Premier Inn have warned customers there could be disruption. Deanne Bester, who works at Premier Inn in Tewkesbury Road, Longford, said: “We have heard it is going to be a one-way system while the road work is carried out. We are joined with Longford Inn and we are worried about the congestion it is going to cause as we are right outside to where the work is going to take place. Our manager has notified customers before they book about the road works.”
Jens Eberhardt, of the Longford Guest House, said: “We are not that worried as the traffic will not be all day.”
Kevin Bowen, Severn Trent Water’s project engineer, said: “We’re investing almost £2million to make sure that the sewerage system has the capacity to cope with the new development off Longford Lane.
“The majority of our improvements will be carried out in fields and smaller roads in Longford.
“However, part of the work needs to be carried out on Tewkesbury Road, between the A40 and Estcourt Road roundabouts.
“As part of our plans we’ve done our best to minimise disruption.”