Construction of the Lyminster Bypass in West Sussex is underway, which the council says will help ease congestion, boost the local economy and provide north-south access from the A27.
The new road will link up with the recently-constructed southern section of the bypass to complete a new, 1.1-mile carriageway running to the east of Lyminster and Wick villages.
As far as possible, the new carriageway – which will have verge on one side and a footway/cycleway on the other – will be constructed off-line from the existing highway network to minimise disruption for road users.
Joy Dennis, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Initial, enabling works, such as vegetation clearance, had already been completed, but now the main construction phase started on Monday. This is very positive news.
“Helping to provide a sustainable and prosperous economy is one of the priorities in our council plan and, by providing this new highway infrastructure, we will be supporting the provision of 1,260 new homes and 700 new jobs in the region.
“It’s also hoped that, by providing improved cyclist and pedestrian facilities, more people will be encouraged to make local trips on foot or by bike, helping lower our carbon footprint, another key priority in our Council Plan.”
The existing public bridleway will be maintained with a Pegasus Crossing, provided to ensure the safety of equestrians, cyclists and pedestrians.
A new viaduct will be constructed over Black Ditch and its associated flood plain to ensure that there is no increase in flood risk. The existing culvert will be extended at Brookfield Stream.
The £23.8million construction contract has been awarded to Jackson Civil Engineering Group Limited.
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