Work on stalled road to start again

The road is set to open next spring
The road is set to open next spring

WORK on the new relief road for North Bersted is set to start up again.

Construction of the £4m North Bersted relief road, which will connect Chichester Road to Rowan Way, was held up earlier this year after the contractor building it went into administration.

A new contractor, O’Halloran and O’Brien Ltd, has now been appointed to take over the project and work will start on Monday.

West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Pieter Montyn said: “We are delighted to announce work on this relief road will start up again in September.

“It forms part of the wider Bognor Regis northern relief road project, and will complement the new Felpham relief road also under construction.

“Once finished we believe these new roads will spark economic growth for the Bognor Regis area and cut down on traffic congestion in the long term.”

Once finished, the single carriageway road will be 1.7km in length and run between the existing Chichester Road roundabout and a newly-constructed roundabout in Rowan Way.

It is being built close to the new 750-home Bersted Park development, constructed by Berkeley Homes and Charles Church Homes.

The road is expected to open to traffic in the spring of 2014.

More than 100,000 tonnes of surplus earth has to be removed from an embankment built at the site last year. It has to be returned to a ‘borrow-pit’ at the site before the carriageway is built.

The tarmac layers of the road are going to be laid directly on top of the embankment, which will be strengthened through the injection of cement. This will reduce the number of lorries delivering materials to the site.

The new contractor will set up its site office and car park on land near the Chichester Road end of the relief road next week.

The new roundabout is expected to be connected to Rowan Way early next year.

Work on this part of the project will start later this year, and can be built without interfering with traffic using Rowan Way.