Gas works in Broadclyst will see a busy road in the East Devon village shut for a fortnight.
Wales and West Utilities says the upgrade will see Station Road shut, outside Broadclyst Station, from March 29 to April 13.
Parking will also be suspended on a small section of Station Road from Tower View to Dog Village Cross.
The scheme is ‘essential to keep the gas flowing safely and reliably to local homes and businesses’, according to the firm, ‘keeping local people safe and warm for generations to come’.
Wales and West says it has worked closely with Devon County Council and Broadclyst Parish Council to keep disruption to a minimum.
Traffic management will be in place ‘so that engineers and the local community are kept safe during the work’.
Wales and West Utilities’ Roxanne Whittaker is managing this gas pipe upgrade work and said: “While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Broadclyst.
“Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.
“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.
“We will work as safely and as quickly as possible to finish the work, whilst keeping inconvenience to a minimum for local people and road users.
“Our engineers are following all hygiene and social distancing guidelines and we would respectfully ask that you keep a 2m distance if passing our work site.
“To support communities through coronavirus, we’re working hard to keep the gas flowing so local people are safe and warm.”