Resurfacing work to start on Brighton and Hove seafront road after the Easter weekend
Work to resurface part of the A259 Kings Road is expected to take approximately three weeks and will include lane closures and temporary traffic lights.
Brighton and Hove City Council said the work will begin on Tuesday, April 6, to resurface part of the road between The Grand Hotel and Medina Villas in time for 'what we’re expecting to be a busy summer for the city'. The seafront road had previously been identified as failing and was included in a programme of works for replacement, the council said.
The council has confirmed the work, which will affect parts of all three vehicle lanes and the temporary cycle lane, will include:
*Beginning April 6 – Work begins for four consecutive nights, starting at the junction of Cannon Place and finishing at Western Street. The works will start at 8pm and will require a full eastbound closure until 7am (although we expect work to finish at approximately 4am). Westbound traffic will be moved onto the north side of the road and all side road traffic will have to turn right when exiting them. The temporary cycle lane will also be closed during the overnight works. Westbound cyclists will be able to use the cycle lane on the upper promenade during these hours.
*Beginning April 12 – Works will be carried out in the daytime to avoid disturbing what is mainly a residential stretch of the seafront. Temporary traffic signals will be used and there will be some disruption and delays while the works progress, however both carriageways will remain open. The works will be completed by the end of the week.
*There will be a further two nights of works on the westbound carriageway from Waterloo Street to Montpelier Road.
A council spokesman said: "While work will be conducted close to the Brighton Centre, no interruption with be caused to the vaccination centre as work close to the centre will take place at night. There is currently no planned closure of the road during these works affecting access to the centre. There will be no works during the Easter weekend."
Referring to the choice of dates, the spokesman added: "Road resurfacing cannot take place in cold conditions so this is the earliest it can happen. We are taking the opportunity to carry out the works while traffic volumes are still lower than normal and while hotels are still closed.
"Any delay to another time will run the risk that the carriageway will fail completely and result in either a full closure or more disruption as it will not have been planned."
The council pointed out that over time, the highway suffers from wear and tear due to usage and weathering and it has a statutory duty to keep the highway safe.
The works are part of long-term maintenance for the highway along the seafront, to make the highway good quality and provide a better service to the public, the council said.