Main road in St Leonards closed

Travel news SUS-150617-143557001
Travel news SUS-150617-143557001

A major road through St Leonards is closed due to ongoing roadworks.

Work began on Sedlescombe Road South on June 1 and the road is being shut for a total of 32 days in three phases, highway bosses at East Sussex County Council said.

The first phase was completed on time last week and has been reopened, while phase two is nearing completion, the authority added.

The road is being reconstructed using a recycling process that has been designed so the works can be completed quicker than using conventional road construction techniques, a county council spokesman said.

The technique involves the road surface being churned up, the underlying soft clay removed and cement added to the old road foundations before it is re-laid and then a new surface laid.

Roger Williams, East Sussex head of highways, said: “Unfortunately disruption is inevitable with road improvement work, but using this pioneering method will keep that disruption to a minimum and keep the costs down.

“We have no option but to close the road seven days a week throughout June to complete the work, but we are working closely with residents and owners of businesses in Sedlescombe Road South to ensure the impact is minimised.

“Our contractor is working with local residents to ensure they have access to their properties, refuse collections are being maintained and our workforce have been helping residents unload their shopping.

“Diversions are in place between A21 London Road and Sedlescombe Road North to Springfield Road during the work and are well signposted.

“We would ask motorists to bear with us while the work is taking place. The result will be a smoother and safer road surface that should not need any further attention for many years to come.”

Any residents and/or businesses affected by the roadworks can contact Observer reporter Richard Gladstone by email at or ring 01424 856786.

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