Repairs to make the A24 Broadwater Bridge in Worthing safer for the public will start on Monday September 1st..
The bridge is over 40 years old and a regular West Sussex County Council safety inspection revealed water is leaking through the bridge deck, causing small pieces of concrete to loosen and fall. If repairs are not carried out the County Council could be forced to shut the bridge completely.
Work was due to begin last September but had to be delayed due to an emergency repair of a gas leak in the immediate vicinity of the bridge. This caused the start date to slip and created doubts as to whether the work would be completed in time for December and the Christmas rush.
By starting work this September it means the bridge will remain open – although traffic travelling north along the A24 will be prohibited from turning right into King Edward Avenue for the duration of the repairs.
The repairs are anticipated to be finished by late November and will include some added enhancements. Improved signage will be installed to help direct HGVs the correct way into the Ivy Arch Trading Estate, therefore helping to prevent lorries getting stuck in residential roads.
In addition, plans to enhance the overall look of the bridge by adding a ‘gateway to Worthing’ feature are also being finalised.
Residents who want to find out more information about the project are invited to attend one of two public drop-in sessions. The first session will be held at Morrisons Supermarket, Newland Street, Worthing, on Saturday August 9th between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm. The second will take place at Worthing Boys Club, Ivy Arch Road, Worthing, on Tuesday August 12th at 7.30 pm.
County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Pieter Montyn, said: “Despite the unavoidable delay in commencing these essential works, we are confident that by starting the repairs in September we can minimise the length of time the work will cause disruption to the general public.
“We need to make the bridge safe – and doing it this way means we don’t have to close it off completely.
“We apologise for the inconvenience and politely ask motorists to find alternative routes while this work is taking place.
“If you have any questions then please come along to one of the drop-in sessions at either Morrisons Supermarket or Worthing Boys Club.”