The second phase of an extensive period of work to upgrade the gas network in the Strathkinnes area of Kirkcaldy began today.
The work is being undertaken by the company SGN which is replacing 1.2 km of the existing metal gas mains and services with modern polyethylene pipe, which has a minimum lifespan of around 80 years. It is expected all work will be completed by mid-August.
To minimise disruption the company has worked out a strategy in conjunction with Fife Council to carry out the work in three phases.
Phase 1 is currently progressing through Strathkinnes Road, Gourlay Street, Duncan Street and Dean Road. It is anticipated that, all being well, this phase will be completed by the end of July.
In phase 2, work will begin in Ferrard Road which will take approximately three weeks.
Phase 3 is due to start on Sunday, June 21, and will take approximately seven weeks, working from Ferrard Road into Oriel Road towards the Oriel Road roundabout at the junction with Forth Avenue.
As part of this work the gas supply pipe to the University of Dundee School of Nursing and Midwifery will be renewed and Ferrard Road will become one-way, with access to Ferrard Road from Oriel Road only.
In addition, four-way temporary traffic lights will be in place, in Oriel Road and Forth Avenue, at the roundabout. The temporary traffic lights will be manually controlled between 7.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. to assist the flow of traffic.
Access to residents’ driveways will be maintained unless otherwise agreed with the householder. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, and all businesses will be open as usual.
Working hours will be seven days a week between 8.00 a.m. and 4.15 p.m., along with extended hours as required, to ensure the project is completed as quickly as possible and with noisy activity at a minimum where possible.
James Soutar, SGN team manager, said: “We understand that roadworks can be frustrating and would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. We would like to thank everyone for their patience while we carry out our essential works.
“We would like to assure everyone that we will do everything we can to minimise disruption and complete our works as quickly as possible.”