Motorists are facing long delays for several weeks as resurfacing takes place along one of the busiest routes into and out of Eastbourne.
Golden Jubilee, part of the A22 between Willingdon Drove by the Toby Carvery and Dittons Road between Polegate and Stone Cross, is undergoing a major resurfacing programme which could last until mid-June.
The northbound stretch is currently closed and once that is complete it will open but the southbound carriageway will then close.
As motorists face traffic misery East Sussex County Council’s highways department in Lewes, which is responsible for the road, said it had closed the road to protect workmen.
On Wednesday the council said it would re-open the northbound stretch from 7am Saturday to 8am Tuesday for bank holiday traffic.
Head of highways Roger Williams said, “We are carrying out essential resurfacing work on the road – it’s scheduled to last for six weeks but we’re ahead of schedule at the moment. The northbound carriageway is currently closed.
“Once work on the northbound stretch is complete, the southbound carriageway will close – at the moment we expect this to happen by May 12.
“We were required to close Golden Jubilee Way to ensure the safety of our workforce on this high-speed road. Closing the road also allows us to work quickly and minimise the pain for road users.
“We have made very good progress already and are ahead of schedule at this stage. Signs have been in place giving motorists the chance to find alternative routes and while we appreciate the work will cause disruption, we’d ask people to bear with us as the result will be a smoother, safer road. The work is being carried out now, to be complete before the start of the busy summer period.
Surrounding routes such as Friday Street and the A22 through Willingdon to Polegate have seen severe traffic queues.