BHLR work on track says ESCC

WORK on the Bexhill Hastings Link Road remains on course with “significant” milestones being reached, claims East Sussex County Council.

Steel bridge beams have been placed on the new railway bridge at the Hastings end, and work to complete the bridge deck will continue through September.

The Crowhurst Road Underbridge walls and roof slab have been concreted, while all the steel bridge beams, pre-cast concrete bridge beams. and pre-cast culvert sections were expected on site this week.

Bob Pape, project manager, said: “We are delighted with the contractors’ progress this summer, and the delivery of these beams and the culvert sections means there is an opportunity for further significant progress in the month ahead.

“The opening of Woodsgate Park Overbridge to traffic, after its earlier opening to pedestrians, also represents a major milestone for the project.”

The existing Woodsgate bridge was demolished because it was too low and narrow underneath to allow traffic to flow along the new Link Road.

Ninfield Road Bridge will be closed in a few weeks time to allow demolition to take place. Traffic will be able to use the new road between the bridge and the junction with the A259 Belle Hill and A269 London Road while it is demolished and replaced with a new crossing.

The bridge is to be rebuilt to allow for traffic flow underneath and the new structure will be a single span, simply supported bridge, made from a steel and concrete composite construction but clad with brickwork to match existing side walls.