Big strides forward in West Sussex footway improvements

'For this substantial programme of works to be near completion, on budget and on schedule, is excellent news'


Release date: 1 November 2019

The £1.5million, 2019/20 West Sussex footway improvement programme is set to be completed on budget and on schedule.

Having started in April, the original target was to be completed by this Christmas: however, West Sussex Highways and its contractor, Balfour Beatty Living Places, made the most of the summer weather and the vast majority of the work is now complete, with just two small projects set to be complete soon.

The county-wide programme complements, and does not replace, Highways’ “business as usual”, maintenance works. It comprised:

Footway reconstruction: 15 sites completed and 18,000 square metres of footway reconstructed (equating to about 10,000m in length).

This method is used to correct more significant damage, such as from parked cars, uneven/broken slabs and subsidence. It involves removing and replacing damaged surfaces (typically slabs) and replacing with new Tarmac surfaces.

Footway microasphalt: 19 sites, all completed, 28,300 square metres of footway treated (equating to about 15,700m in length).

This is a preventative measure used to prolong the life of footways which have more minor damage. It involves treating existing Tarmac surfaces which are structurally sound but suffering deterioration.

Footway pedestrian dropped crossings: This comprised constructing or upgrading 15 crossing points, all completed.

Footway small-scale works and town centre improvements: 24 sites, 22 completed. The final two will be completed soon.

This work comprises small-scale repairs that fall in size between full reconstruction/microasphalt schemes, and routine maintenance. It includes patching, localised reconstruction, kerb replacement, slab/block paving repairs and strengthening.

Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “For this substantial programme of works to be near completion, on budget and on schedule, is excellent news and testament to the hard work of both our Highways staff and the contractor.”

Lloyd Allen, Balfour Beatty Living Places Programme Manager, said: “We are delighted to support and deliver the West Sussex footway improvement programme, which is near completion, on budget and to schedule.”

Pictured: Before and after photos of microasphalt footway work at The Estuary, Littlehampton

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