Severn Trent has begun work this week on £2.1m worth of improvements to the region’s water supply, but drivers are being warned that traffic could be disrupted.
Work is being done because a number of burst pipes in recent months have affected motorists travelling on the A38. They are now replacing the huge pipes.
The first phase started this week on Nunn Brook Road at Sutton, where temporary traffic lights are in place.
The work is expected to be completed by January.
The second phase will start in the new year on Huthwaite Lane, Common Road, Blackwell Road and Rookery Lane in the new year.
Severn Trent Water programme manager, Nigel McGuinness, said: “We’ve been able to avoid working on the A38 because we’re using specialist equipment to replace the water pipes underneath it.”