Release date: 19 March 2021
A road safety improvement scheme is scheduled to start in Maidenbower, Crawley, on 29 March.
Chicanes will be replaced with raised speed “cushions” (mini speed humps) in Matthews Drive. This follows concerns that some drivers try to “rush” the chicanes during traffic build-ups.
The current traffic management dates back to when the Maidenbower development was being considered in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Since then, traffic volumes have continued to increase, with reports of queuing, especially at peak times, and with concerns raised locally about associated pollution from idling engines.
A West Sussex Highways spokesperson said: “We are conscious this road is used as a route to many others in the area. There is also a school in Matthews Drive itself.
“The opportunity arose for some of the work to be done over the Easter school holiday, when there should be reduced traffic volumes.
“We will do all we can to limit the inconvenience for road users, but there will be delays.
“Matthews Drive will be closed daily between 9.30am and 2.30pm, with diversions in place.
“A 24-hour road closure is likely during some of the surfacing works.
“We apologise for the inconvenience but please bear in mind the scheme will result in a long-term safety improvement, reduced traffic congestion and pollution.
“During the project, and to avoid further disruption at a later date, we will take the opportunity to repair the road surface where needed and replace broken gullies and drain covers.”
The scheme is expected to take about four weeks to complete, subject to factors such as extreme weather. It is estimated to cost approximately £75,000.