Major milestone for A23 roadworks

Roadworks on the A23 between London and Brighton will reach a major milestone this week.

The A23 is being widened between Handcross to Warninglid to improve journeys and safety.

This week, during four overnight closures, the road layout will be changed to move traffic from the southbound carriageway over to the newly constructed northbound carriageway.

As part of this the southbound entry slip road at Handcross will be closed until this summer.

Chris Bacon, Highways Agency Project Manager, said: “This is a major milestone for the project and by Monday morning (February 3) drivers will see a significant change to their route through the work.

“This will help to keep the project on schedule for completion later this year, bringing benefits to drivers and the economy.

“When we move the northbound traffic over onto the northbound carriageway, the northbound exit slip road at Handcross will be reopened.

“The change will happen over four nights and when the southbound traffic is moved over, the southbound entry slip road at Handcross will be closed.

“We have planned the work to take place at night, when we know traffic flows are lowest, and will only close one carriageway at a time to minimise the disruption.”

The work will be carried out overnight, between 8pm and 6am.

The northbound carriageway will be closed overnight on Thursday 30 and Friday January 31.

Northbound traffic will be transferred to the rebuilt northbound carriageway on the night of Thursday 30 January.

The following two nights will involve preparations for the southbound traffic to move onto the northbound carriageway as well, which will happen on the night of Sunday February 2.

The southbound carriageway will be closed overnight on Saturday February 1 and Sunday.

By Monday February 3, all traffic will be running in a contraflow on the new northbound carriageway with narrow lanes, a 40mph limit and average speed cameras still operational.

The southbound entry slip road at Handcross will be closed for reconstruction and is expected to reopen in Summer 2014. A fully signed diversion will be in place via the M23 junction 11 at Pease Pottage.

Access will be maintained for local residents and businesses in Brighton Road, however the only access to Handcross Market Garden will be from the southbound A23.

Resurfacing will be carried out to the south of Warninglid, using overnight carriageway closures, later in February and will be publicised in advance.

The A23 Handcross to Warninglid scheme is altering a 2.5 mile long section of the A23 - the only unimproved section of the A23 between the M23 and the south coast.

The Highways Agency says it will reduce congestion, improve journey time reliability and improve safety on the road, which is used by 70,000 vehicles every day.

The cost estimate for the scheme is £76.9m, an estimated 23 per cent saving on the previous estimate of £94.85m.

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