East Sussex County Council announced the re-opening of the A22 through Holmes Hill and Whitesmith early on Saturday 13 October, after a 12 day closure for much needed reconstruction work.
Those who travel this road regularly will have seen large cracks appearing in the carriageway throughout the winter. This was caused by movement in the underlying clay.
The County Council had been keeping an eye on the cracks, filling them while necessary investigations and design work was carried out.
There was never going to be a good time to carry out major repairs to a road as busy as the A22, so a plan was drawn up to reconstruct more than 1200m of carriageway by recycling the bitumen material from the existing carriageway to strengthen the foundations of the road and then laying a new road surface. Not only is this technique kinder to the environment, it shortened the length of the work by several weeks, said the county council.
The cost was approximately £375,000.
Councillor Carl Maynard, lead cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “Over the last two and a half years, we have invested over £30 million in a programme of resurfacing works to repair some of the worst affected roads across the county.
“We appreciate that closing roads during resurfacing and reconstruction work is disruptive, and we work hard to minimise this disruption, but hopefully the people who use the A22 will be satisfied with the new road surface that will last for many years to come.”
The county council would like to thank motorists, residents and businesses for their patience during these works.