A road safety improvement scheme and a carriageway resurfacing project will be carried out soon at the busy Holmbush Roundabout in Shoreham.
The work has been scheduled to follow on in quick succession to try to minimise disruption for road users as much as possible. It will include resurfacing all but the A27 link road* approaches to the roundabout, plus the installation of new traffic signs and application of road markings.
The markings and signing will be intended to formalise turning manoeuvres at the roundabout and reduce, if not remove, the need for road users to change lanes whilst circulating.
Subject to unforeseen factors, such as extreme weather, the road safety elements of the work are scheduled to take place from 8 August to 19 August and 30 August to 9 September. Delays are likely as temporary lane closures will be required for the safety of both the workforce and the public. Where possible, the work is likely to take place between 7.30am and 5.30pm each day.
The carriageway resurfacing has been scheduled for overnight from 21 August to 25 August between 8pm and 6am, except for Sunday 21 August when the working hours are 4pm to 6am. This is to enable works to be completed at the access to the Holmbush Shopping Centre after the stores close.
Sections of the roundabout’s carriageway and adjoining entries and exits will be temporarily closed for the safety of both the workforce and public while surfacing and road marking operations take place. Vehicles, including buses, will be diverted via a signed diversion route.
Pedestrian access will be maintained and businesses will be able to open as normal.
A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said: “The existing surface is showing signs of significant weakening: the new one will be smoother, which will reduce road noise. It will also be more resilient to potholes.
“In taking the decision to carry out night-time work, we have carefully considered the wider disruption to the public that would be caused through daytime work on this busy roundabout.
“Improvement projects of this nature do cause disruption for both residents and businesses, for which we apologise, but will lead to long-term benefits. Every effort will be made to try to minimise the inconvenience: for example, our contractor will try its best to carry out the noisiest operations in the earliest part of the evening and before 11pm.”
*The A27 link road is part of National Highways’ network and not West Sussex County Council’s responsibility to maintain