New lighting will cause diversions

C141497-1 Bog Jan8 Lighting  phot kate'Peter Phillips from the Highways Agency, talking with Carolyne Ferguson and Tracey Arnold about the A27 fontwell Lighting Scheme.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141497-1 SUS-150501-191129001
C141497-1 Bog Jan8 Lighting phot kate'Peter Phillips from the Highways Agency, talking with Carolyne Ferguson and Tracey Arnold about the A27 fontwell Lighting Scheme.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141497-1 SUS-150501-191129001
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VILLAGERS have been warned about disruption during a major scheme to replace the street lights on the A27 at Fontwell.

Workmen for the Highways Agency are due to start the £800,000 project next Monday. It will see 128 existing columns replaced with 83 new columns.

The scheme should be finished by March 31.

Peter Phillips, the Highways Agency’s route manager for West Sussex, said residents in Fontwell would face diversions for short periods.

“There will be some diversions to lay new cables across junctions. They will take two days each time,” he said.

“People will need to be aware of what is happening. We will be keeping them informed.”

The right-hand turn at Copse Lane off the A27 will also be closed while work takes place. A diversion will take motorists to the B2132 junction.

A lane closure will also be in place from the racecourse to east of Copse Lane. Some 80,000 motorists a day use that stretch of the A27.

Temporary traffic lights will be used at the western roundabout at the racecourse. Works will be suspended on the February 12 and March 4 race days.

An exhibition about the lighting replacement was held at Fontwell Park Racecourse on Monday. Ten people went along.

The work will be carried out by Balfour Beatty for the 
Highways Agency.

Its workers will be 
on site from 9.30am-3.30pm weekdays.

The existing lights are 27 years old. Most of their replacements will be the same height of 10m.

Some at roundabouts will be 12m high.

The new columns will be safer. They will collapse if a vehicle collides with them. They will also use less energy.