More than £1million is being invested in resurfacing the strategically-important Buck Barn crossroads and stretches of the A24 and A272 around it.
The road in this area is showing signs of significant weakening. The essential repair work will start on 8 July and take about six weeks, depending on factors such as the weather. Night-time work will be used throughout to try to limit inconvenience for road users as much as possible.
A West Sussex Highways spokesperson said: “This is essential repair work at one of the most strategically important parts of the county’s road network.
“The new surfaces will be more durable and more resilient to potholes. They will also be smoother, which will lessen road noise.
“This type of work does cause inconvenience for residents and road users, for which we apologise: every effort will be made to limit disruption as much as possible.”
Road closures and diversions will be in place from 8pm to 6am while the works are taking place.
As well as the crossroad itself, there will also be resurfacing on:
A24 southbound carriageway: Pollards Hill roundabout to Buck Barn crossroads
A272 westbound (Cowfold Road): 150m approach to crossroads
A272 eastbound (Coneyhurst Road): 200m approach to crossroads
A24 northbound: 150m approach to crossroads
Traffic signal detector loops at the crossroads will be replaced, and road markings and the anti-skid surface renewed.
Businesses at Buck Barn will be able to remain open throughout the works, but with different access arrangements for vehicles at times, which will be highlighted by signage.
The bend approaching Bouncer’s Lodge on the A24 Pollards Hill will be resurfaced as part of the main works. It then takes at least a month for the newly-laid material to “weather in” so the anti-skid surface can be laid over it.
The anti-skid surface is programmed to be completed in the week beginning 1 September under a daytime lane closure.
The contractor for the scheme is Balfour Beatty Living Places.
The total cost of the project is approximately £1.1million.