West Sussex County Council has announced its choice of contractor to design and build major improvements to the A259 north of Littlehampton.
VolkerFitzpatrick won the contract to complete the scheme, which will see sections of the A259 become dual carriageway between the new Fitzalan Link Road and the A280 roundabout.
The changes will ease congestion, shorten journey times and make it easier to reach new housing and workplaces.
The full list of improvements includes:
Dual carriageway between new Fitzalan Link Road and the Body Shop roundabout in both directions;
Dual carriageway between Station Road, Angmering and A280 roundabout in both directions;
Wider approaches and improved road markings at Station Road, Body Shop and A280;
New pedestrian/cycle paths.
Works are scheduled to start in summer 2018 and last up to 18 months.
West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, Bob Lanzer, said: “Now we have our contractor on board we can start making progress on this hugely significant scheme.
“Once built there will be greater highway capacity to call upon, reducing congestion and journey times.
“Motorists will know with greater certainty how long it will take to get through the A259 each day.”
VolkerFitzpatrick and its design consultants Tony Gee will work with the County Council over the coming months to develop detailed designs.
Chris Evans, managing director of VolkerFitzpatrick’s civils division, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to work with West Sussex County Council on this scheme. This new highway infrastructure will make travelling through the county less time-consuming for local residents and visitors alike.”
The project is one of a number of major schemes being developed to improve infrastructure in the Arun area over the next three years.
Others include the new A284 Lyminster bypass, a new cycle route on the A259 between Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, and traffic improvements in Angmering.