Drivers have faced diversions and delays this week as roads around Eastbourne were repaired and resurfaced – some for the second time in a year.
Southfields Road was closed earlier in the week as well as Willingdon Road between Victoria Drive and the Sunrise roundabout. Upperton Road was due to have stop and go boards from Monday but after initial work began, it was postponed because of the weather.
Roger Williams, the head of highways at East Sussex County Council, said although it looked as though both Southfields and Willingdon roads were being resurfaced within a year, it was only preparatory work which was carried out on the two busy stretches of road last year.
He said, “We did carry out some preparatory work on these roads last year, in preparation for resurfacing, which is what we’re doing now.
“Last year’s work involved patching the areas of the roads which were most in need of attention to ensure a level surface before resurfacing.
“We have to leave the roads for a number of months before resurfacing to allow the material used for patching to settle, otherwise it can bleed through the final layer of asphalt and damage the roads’ surface.
“Resurfacing the roads in this way means it will have the longest possible lifespan and ensure drivers will be able to enjoy a smoother, safer journey for years to come.”
On the roadworks in Upperton being started and then postponed, Mr Williams said, “We do try and keep to schedule as closely possible but with this kind of work we are at the mercy of the elements.
“Recent wet weather has had a knock-on effect on our programme which has resulted in the resurfacing of Upperton Road being postponed. However, we hope to complete the work in the next few weeks, and we will be putting up signs to inform people of the new dates. The white tape on the road is to cover road features such as cats eyes, gullies and manhole covers so they are protected when the new road surface is laid.”
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