A SECTION of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road will be opened early to reduce the impact of Ninfield Road bridge closure.
Part of the new highway will be used as a temporary diversion when work begins in June on demolishing the bridge in Sidley.
Diverted traffic will be able to use the stretch between the junction of the A259 with London Road, and the bridge.
ESCC’s Bob Pape, project manager, said: “We have a duty to residents and businesses to minimise disruption.”
Work is underway on moving the existing footpath and services, including electricity and telephone lines, from Ninfield Road bridge to an adjacent temporary bridge.
The old bridge, too low for Link Road traffic to pass underneath, will be replaced by a single-span structure built from a steel and concrete composite construction in keeping with existing brickwork and retaining walls.
The new route will be advertised in advance of closure. Traffic will revert back onto London Road and the new Ninfield Road Bridge as soon as the replacement bridge is complete.
The Link Road is expected to provide a major economic boost, bringing in around £1 billion of investment, 2,000 new homes and 3,000 jobs, along with the development of 42 acres of land in north east Bexhill, including a 50,000 sq m business park.
The new road is also expected to significantly reduce traffic congestion along the A259, as well as improving conditions on the A2036 in eastern Bexhill, rural roads north of the town and routes through Crowhurst and Battle.