Highways improvements have been made in several rural areas across Mid Sussex.
Eleven projects, representing more than £1.7million worth of works, were either completed, or nearly completed, by West Sussex Highways just before the coronavirus lockdown started, according to the council.
Roger Elkins, cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “The 11 projects represent a significant investment in our highway network and will benefit a wide range of people, including pedestrians, cyclists, bus users and horse riders. It was great to see the projects delivered on time and we look forward to this year’s improvements programme being delivered with equal success, while recognising the current challenges coronavirus presents.”
West Sussex Highways improved waiting areas to accommodate equestrians, cyclists and walkers on each side of the A273 at Clayton Hill, Pyecombe.
Other improvements were: signage to alert drivers to the possible dangers of riders and walkers crossing; the bridleway southward was widened and resurfaced; bridleway drainage has been added to maintain a good surface, and a high-friction surface has been installed on the carriageway itself. The scheme cost a total of about ££50,000.
Following a request from the local community, improvements have been made for pedestrians in the village. In many places, footways had become overgrown and surfaces were breaking up. Also, with new housing, there is increased demand for facilities for pedestrians in different parts of the village. Works included resurfacing and widening existing footpaths, new sections of footway on the approach to the village hall and improvements to crossing points on the main roads.