A £1.5million scheme to resurface approximately 3km of both carriageways of the A24 Washington bypass starts soon, utilising latest technologies to reduce the project’s carbon emissions.
The A24 between the Findon and Washington roundabouts has been showing significant signs of weakening: the new surface will be smoother, which will reduce road noise and be more resilient to potholes.
The project will use the latest technology, allowing the resurfacing materials to be mixed at much lower temperatures than conventional asphalt. Also, approximately half the material used in the scheme will utilise recycled material recovered from other West Sussex roads.
These measures will greatly reduce the amount of energy needed to produce the resurfacing materials and significantly cut the carbon emissions attributed to this scheme.
The scheme will start on the southbound carriageway on 28 June before switching over to the northbound side, which is scheduled to be completed by 17 July. The works will be carried out overnight under a full carriageway closure, with night-time traffic diverted via the A27 and A283. Daytime restrictions, including 30mph speed limit, will be in force for safety reasons until the final resurfacing is completed. New road markings and road studs will be installed as part of the scheme.
A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said: “Work of this nature does cause disruption for both residents and businesses, for which we apologise, but the new surface will represent a major, long-term improvement.
“We have taken into account the wider disruption to the public that would have been caused through delivering this much-needed work on this very busy main road in the daytime and we will do all we can to try to minimise the inconvenience.”