Taking action to solve unexpected problems with road surface

In recent quality control inspections, West Sussex Highways engineers and principal contractor, Balfour Beatty, discovered unexplained cracking in the new surface

 
Last updated:
5 December 2017

Unexpected cracking has been found during quality control checks on a recently-resurfaced section of West Street in Chichester.

In late October, the road was closed to light traffic during essential road rebuilding and resurfacing between Orchard Street roundabout and Tower Street. However, in recent quality control inspections, West Sussex Highways engineers and principal contractor, Balfour Beatty, discovered unexplained cracking in the new surface.

Samples were taken and detailed analysis showed the material failed to meet the exacting standards required for road building.

Bob Lanzer, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:  “A huge effort was made by Highways officers and our contractor, Balfour Beatty, to deliver this scheme in the centre of Chichester with as little disruption as possible.

“It’s really disappointing that, on this occasion, the quality of the materials used has let us down.

“To rectify the problems, Balfour Beatty will be organising the resurfacing of part or all of this section of West Street, at no cost to West Sussex County Council.

“While this will bring the road up to the expected standards, we apologise to residents for the additional disruption.”

Balfour Beatty is working towards carrying out the resurfacing work as soon as possible after Christmas. It is expected this can be completed over two consecutive nights.

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