Essential repair work starts soon on Mole Bridge, on the A23 London Road, east of Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal.
Routine inspections have revealed waterproofing on the bridge, which carries the road over the River Mole, needs replacing.
The bridge will remain open during the work but various lanes of dual carriageway will need to be closed in phases.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Highways, Bob Lanzer, said: “There’s never a good time to do this type of work but there will be 24-hour working to try to minimise the overall time the repairs take.
“We have also tried to consider various factors, including avoiding the school summer holidays and reducing the impact for people trying to get to and from Gatwick Airport.
“We have been liaising closely with the airport and used detailed analysis of peak periods in traffic to schedule the works so they have the least-possible impact.
“Unfortunately, there will be delays, for which we apologise, but we will do all we can to minimise these.”
During the work, all of the road surface will be removed to expose the concrete deck on the bridge, which was built in the 1950s. The waterproofing will be replaced and then the road resurfaced.
Subject to change due to bad weather, the preliminary timetable is:
Phase One: The road over the bridge will be single lane, east and west bound, 8pm, Monday, September 18, to 6am Friday, September 22;
Phase Two: A contraflow will be in operation 8pm Sunday, September 24, to 6am Friday, September 29;
Phase Three: A contraflow will operate 8pm Sunday, October 1, to 6am Friday, October 6;
Phase Four: Single lane, east and west bound, 8pm Sunday, October 8, to 6am Friday, October 13.
The contractor for this project will be Balfour Beatty.
A spokesperson for Gatwick Airport said: “Passengers flying from Gatwick Airport are advised to check traffic conditions before they travel, leave additional time and consider using alternative routes.”
The spokesperson also suggested would-be road users could instead consider using public transport, particularly the trains, if travelling to and from Gatwick.
Following on from the Mole Bridge work, weather permitting, there will be resurfacing on the A23 where the road goes under the airport’s South Terminal, from 8pm to 6am on October 30 to 31.
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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’
Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.
Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.
Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.
A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:
“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.
“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”
A further update will be issued later today.
The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.
If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.
WSCC have offered some general advice including:
• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.
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