ROAD works to install a new right hand turn from the A27 into Gainsborough Lane on the Stud Farm Estate near Polegate are to be introduced this month.
Work on the five-week scheme was scheduled to begin on Monday (January 10) and will take place overnight on week nights only.
There will be weeknight lane closures on the A27 at the Gainsborough Lane junction between 8pm and 6am, with temporary traffic lights in operation and road users will not be able to access or exit the lane – following a diversion via Brown Jack Avenue instead.
The existing 40mph speed limit on Lewes Road will be temporarily extended.
Robert MacKenzie, Highways Agency project sponsor, said: “Safety is our top priority, and this scheme is designed to address the accidents relating to traffic queuing on the A27 to enter Gainsborough Lane.
“This work involves widening the existing carriageway to create the right turn lane; this will provide a safe place for turning traffic to wait and so limit queuing on the A27.
“We will also be installing a pedestrian refuge to improve safety at this junction.”
For one week of the work, road users will be escorted past the work site at 10mph.
Some local footpaths near the site will be temporarily relocated while the work is being carried out.
Polegate MP Norman Baker said the works will improve safety for motorists turning onto Gainsborough Lane from the A27. But the Highways Agency must find a way of resolving the issue of exiting from Gainsborough Lane onto the A27, he said.
Mr Baker revealed that he had been contacted many times by residents concerned about entering and exiting Stud Farm Estate.
He said: “I know that some residents of the Stud Farm Estate are understandably concerned about exiting onto the A27, and I agree with those concerns.
“The Highways Agency does need to continue to look at ways to resolve that problem, but there is a relatively high casualty rate for collisions that have occurred when entering Gainsborough Lane and I therefore welcome the steps that the Highways Agency is taking to address this.”