The New Year will be much quieter for hundreds of residents alongside the M3 at Farnborough, thanks to new noise barriers being erected by the Highways Agency.

The scheme, which will affect over one mile of road between junctions 4 and 4a near Farnborough, is due to be completed by the end of February 2002.

There should be little impact on traffic flows. There should not be any lane closures during the day between Junction 4 and 4a, but there may be some off peak closures of lane one between Junctions 6 and 7.

Works requiring a lane closure will predominantly occur overnight.

During the day there will be hard shoulder closures.

The Highways Agency's M3 route manager, Ted Hart, said: "These 2,200 yards of noise reduction barriers are just what residents have been wanting to improve their quality of life. Noise will be reduced by around three decibels, which is equivalent to halving the traffic."

"We will work as quickly as we can overnight and traffic flows should not be significantly affected by lane closures during the day, so there should be a minimal effect to drivers."

The contract, worth £890,000, is being carried out by Newton and Frost, and is supervised by the Highways Agency's agents Mott MacDonald.