Road closures as rail bridge work looms ON A27 near Lewes

THE final phase of a scheme to refurbish the A27 Southerham Railway Bridge, near Lewes, will start next week.

The improvements are essential to prolong the life of the bridge, which carries the A27 over the East Coastway railway line.

The work is due to start on Wednesday, May 16, and, weather permitting, will be completed by Friday, June 1.

It will involve narrow lanes, overnight closures, lane closures and a temporary speed limit. Two lanes will be open in both directions during weekday peak times.

Bala Vishnubala, Highways Agency Project Sponsor, said: “This work will prolong the life of the bridge on this vital south coast route and help to reduce the risk of unplanned closures for maintenance work in the future. We will be re-waterproofing the bridge deck, and replacing the expansion joints on the bridge. These joints allow the bridge to expand and contract with seasonal changes in temperature.

“We have listened to local concerns about the impact of the work on traffic, and have carefully planned it to ensure two lanes are open in both directions at peak times Monday to Friday.

“There is some work, such as installing and removing the narrow lanes and laying anti-skid surfacing which need lane and carriageway closures, but this will be carried out at off-peak times, when traffic flows are lowest, to minimise disruption, and over one weekend the carriageways will be closed separately with a contraflow in operation. This is the quickest and most efficient way of doing the work.”