January night closures on A24 for footbridge works

JPCT 020714 S14270436x A24 roadworks. View from Broadbridge Heath Tesco Extra footbridge -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140207-121121001
JPCT 020714 S14270436x A24 roadworks. View from Broadbridge Heath Tesco Extra footbridge -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140207-121121001

Full carriageway night closures of the A24 in Horsham will take place from mid to the end of January, to enable the installation of a new footbridge providing a foot and cycle facility across the dual carriageway.

The night closures of both the north and south bound carriageways of the A24 will start on Tuesday January 13, finishing in the early hours of the morning on Sunday February 1.

The night closures will take place between Farthings Hill and Hop Oast junctions of the A24, from 8pm and will reopen the following morning at 5.30am, with the existing single lane traffic management restrictions.

A full diversion route through Horsham town centre will be in place and signage will direct motorists through the town.

During the installation work large cranes will be used to move the footbridge sections into place. The cranes will be set up and taken down during the closures. The works will also involve the removal of the existing footbridge once the new footbridge has been fully installed and is available for pedestrian use.

The new footbridge across the A24 is part of the Broadbridge Heath relief road and will create a new access into Broadbridge Heath. Due to the scale and intricacy of the work involved the road bridge sections can only be installed at night, to protect the A24 workforce and travelling public.

A spokesperson from J Breheny Contractors said: “The A24 Horsham works are progressing well and the team is on schedule. We appreciate the patience of the motoring public in Horsham during these works and apologise for any inconvenience during the forthcoming night closures in January.

“These will be the last full carriageway night closures for this road improvement scheme and we would ask that motorists on the A24 take extra care during the footbridge installation work.”

For more information on the road closures please see the works website, www.a24horsham.co.uk or email info@a24horsham.co.uk. For regular updates via Twitter please follow the team @a24horsham.