Improvement work starts soon on A280 Long Furlong
Safety improvement work starts soon on the A280 Long Furlong road, between Findon and Clapham.
The project will include altering the shape of two of the most severe bends (near the pumping station and near the cricket field), adding a higher-friction road surface and replacing cats eyes.
There will also be patching work to reduce the likelihood of future potholes and in preparation for more extensive resurfacing in 2019/20.
The work is scheduled to take place outside peak hours to try to reduce its impact on traffic, and the road will be closed 9.30am to 4pm, with a signed diversion route via the A27 to Worthing and the A24 to Findon.
During peak periods and evenings, two-way traffic lights will be in operation for the safety of road users and the workforce. We apologise in advance for the delays this will cause but the lights are needed to protect the working areas while materials set and cure and there may also be excavations.
Local access to homes and businesses will be maintained.
Work is due to start on 23 April and is scheduled to take two weeks, subject to factors such as severe weather.
The scheme will cost approximately £90,000.
A280 Long Furlong, Findon Roadworks commencing 23 April 2018
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why does this work have to take place?
Surveys have shown that improvements here could help motorists negotiate this bendy and, at times narrow, route more safely.
2. What work has to be done?
Altering the shape of 2 of the most severe bends by making the cross fall (or superelevation) more consistent. Adding a new higher friction road surface. Raising the height of existing kerbs to give a better visual indication to drivers of where the edge of the road is. Adding raised rib edge line markings which will give an audible warning to drivers when they drive over it, again giving stronger indication to drivers that they are close to the road edge. Replacing the cats eyes.
While the road is closed and under traffic signal control WSCC are looking to do other work, to reduce the possibility of future road closures. Included in this will be patching to reduce the likelihood of future potholes and in preparation for more extensive surfacing work currently planned for 2019/20.
3. What will the benefits be once it is finished?
Road safety should be improved through the improved road shape, new road surface and stronger indications of the road edge.
4. Will any road have to be closed during the works?
Yes for work force safety and for the removal and laying of kerbs.
5. When will the work start?
Works are programmed to commence 23 April.
6. When will the work finish?
Works are programmed to be completed by 4 May 2018.
7. What time of day will the work take place?
The road will be closed off peak (0930 to 1600) and open the remainder of the time, though there will be 2 way traffic signals in operation during these periods. The road needs to be
closed for protection of the workforce and road users whilst work is being carried out. Temporary traffic signals will be used at other times as there will be excavations in, or immediately adjacent to, the carriageway and to protect new construction until materials have sufficiently hardened.
8. Can works be carried out at evenings or overnight?
It would be difficult to carry out these works solely at night and materials and excavations would still need protecting for the remaining period.
9. How much will it cost? Approximately £90,000.
10. What disruption can motorists or bus passengers expect?
During road closures, diversions will be in place using A27 and A24. During peak periods when the road is open 2 way traffic signals will be in operation. Drivers will experience delays.
11. Will temporary bus stops be put in place during the work? Yes
12. Will any diversion routes for traffic have to be put in place? Yes - diversions will be in place using A27 and A24.
13. Are there any other considerations people need to be aware of? The advance warning signs will show the hours of road closure.
14. Why have you chosen to do this at this time of year?
Works on main roads always have the potential to cause delays and congestion. Resurfacing works are best done outside of the colder months, whilst it can also be beneficial not to carry out disruptive works during the busiest summer periods. It is not always possible to pick the time of year with least traffic as road works have also to be coordinated with works on other roads including those of public utilities and, in this instance, works on the A27.