Pictures show progress as road takes shape


GOOD progress is being made as work to build a new £26m section of road takes shape.

Resident Graham Scott has been photographing the Felpham section of the Bognor Regis northern relief road as work on its construction accelerates.

The Felpham relief road, expected to cost in the region of £26m, is one of the two roads which make up the Bognor Regis northern relief road project – the other being the North Bersted relief road.

The Felpham part, which will be 2.3km in length, will feature a spectacular 0.5km-long viaduct that rises 8m above the Lidsey Rife, the Barnham to Bognor Regis rail line and the Bognor Regis flood plain.

Barratt Homes, which is building this part of the project, has confirmed work is progressing well and on schedule for completion by the end of February next year, weather permitting.

There are currently some 50 people working on the project.

As previously reported in the Observer huge beams are being delivered to the site twice weekly.

Because of their size the deliveries are being escorted by police.

The first of these beams have been craned into place and the spans are now taking shape.

Barratt says the next step will be to continue the sequence of erecting all remaining bridge beams and spans to the east of the viaduct while also starting work on the construction of the viaduct deck.

Construction is also ongoing to complete all columns and to finish the remaining supports ready for erection of the beams that will form the western end of the viaduct.

The coming week presents a critical milestone for the road as the span over the Bognor to Barnham railway line is set to be constructed.

This will entail overnight works to ensure minimal disruption and maximum safety.

Barratt said to date, there have been no adverse issues, only some windy weather which stopped construction on a few days as it meant no lifts could be made by the cranes at the site.