Work starts on major highway improvements scheme

'We are just six days into the project and we would ask people to bear with us while even more road users are made aware of the new traffic arrangements'

 

Release date: 13 May 2019

Work has started on major highway improvements in Broadbridge Heath.

The benefits of the project will include:

• reducing through-traffic in Broadbridge Heath village

• improving connections between old and new parts of the village

• providing new facilities for pedestrians and cyclists

The C622 is now closed to allow work to start. The closure includes a section of Billingshurst Road between Shelley Drive and Newbridge Roundabout to control vehicle access and allow construction to proceed safely and efficiently.

The scheme will manage traffic on the main routes (A264, A281 and A24), which currently uses the old bypass, through downgrading and closures on the C622 and redirecting traffic to a new A264 link.

Access for buses and emergency vehicles will be maintained throughout the works. Shops and businesses in Broadbridge Heath will be able to open as usual throughout.

A West Sussex Highways spokesperson said: “The project started last Tuesday (7 May) with the introduction of traffic management and road closures. This took some motorists by surprise and caused frustration but we took immediate action to increase signage and will continue to monitor the situation.

“We are just six days into the project and we would ask people to bear with us while even more road users are made aware of the new traffic arrangements.

“Improvement projects like this can cause inconvenience during construction, for which we apologise, but there will be many long-term benefits for the village and residents.”

About six months after completion, a full evaluation of the scheme will be carried out and any adjustments identified will be considered.

The first phase of the scheme will include:

• completing vegetation clearance in key areas

• installing reptile fencing to protect reptiles in the area while the works are happening

• excavation and drainage works on the Newbridge and Farthings Hill roundabouts

The contractor for the scheme is Jackson Civil Engineering. If you have feedback for the team, please email BroadbridgeHeathfeedback@jackson-civils.co.uk

More information about the scheme is available on the county council website:

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/roadworks-and-projects/road-projects/broadbridge-heath-major-highways-improvements/

The work is expected to finish in the autumn of 2019.

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