Horsham town centre will get an £80,000 facelift, with what county council chiefs describe as “improvement schemes” in the Carfax, Blackhorse Way and the Causeway.
Three pedestrian ramps in the Carfax will be reconstructed and the road improved. The existing ramps were installed in the late Eighties and will be rebuilt to modern safety standards, while granite stones on the carriageway will be repaired.
Blackhorse Way and the Causeway will be resurfaced. The county council says the gravel-type surface in the latter road has deteriorated so it will be replaced with silver grey granite chipping.
Sections of the Carfax will be closed to traffic for about six weeks from next month, but work will stop temporarily over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend to accommodate the Piazza Italia festival.
West Sussex County Council says work will be done in stages to allow as much access to the town centre as possible, but road diversions will be put in place and the Carfax will temporarily be made two-way for traffic.
Cllr Pieter Montyn, county council Cabinet member for highways, said: “Horsham is an attractive town and we want to help keep it that way. The ramps in Carfax have become unsightly and must be upgraded to make them safe for everyone to use.
“We apologise for the disruption the work in the town centre will cause, but rest assured we will do our utmost to minimise the impact.”
Cllr Helena Croft, Horsham District Council Cabinet member, said: “I’m looking forward to seeing how these important improvements take shape to make these areas safer for the public to use.
“It is extremely important that we maintain our infrastructure to a high standard, so I’m pleased to see these important works being carried out by the highways authority.
“Thank you for your patience while the works are in progress.”
The public and traders can ask questions during a county council exhibition at Swan Walk from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday and Thursday, January 16-17.