THE new Woodsgate Park Bridge and Chapel Path underpass have already opened to pedestrians, as work on the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road continues.
Bob Pape, East Sussex County Council’s Project Manager, thanked those involved for “their hard work” and claimed residents were “very happy” with the new facilities. He added: “We appreciate the construction has caused some temporary inconvenience for some residents and businesses, and we are grateful for their co-operation and support.”
The Chapel Path underpass runs under the new road providing a crossing point for pedestrians. It links the old Bancroft Path and Chapel Path at the west side of the underpass, and opens onto London Road. The underpass is constructed from reinforced concrete and has lights inside. This was chosen over a surface crossing because it was safer for children. A surface crossing would also have required traffic lights - slowing traffic - and a footbridge, with the necessary disabled access, would have meant a large structure across the road.
Woodsgate Park Bridge is an entirely new construction, although the west abutment of the old structure has been retained to keep the railway character of the bridge. The east abutment has been constructed in a similarly sympathetic style. It consists of a single span deck made from steel beams and reinforced concrete lined with matching brickwork.