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18 February 2014, 06:42 | Updated: 18 February 2014, 06:44
Roadworks have started as part of a six-week scheme between Hastings and Rye to reduce the chances of flooding.
Drainage is going to be improved on the A259 near Guestling Thorn.
It means there will be overnight and some weekend closures but diversions will be in place.
The work will involve lane closures and temporary traffic lights as well as overnight and two weekend carriageway closures of the A259 between Hastings and Rye with fully signed diversions in place. It is due to be completed, weather permitting, at the end of March.
Anita Waterton, Highways Agency Project Sponsor said:
“We will be improving the drainage to reduce the likelihood of flooding along this stretch to provide road users with reliable journeys. We will also resurface sections of the road to prolong the life of the carriageway and replace the high friction surface to improve safety at junctions.
“We have planned the work in phases to minimise disruption and will carry out as much as possible using lane closures. Some of the drainage work will require the A259 to be closed in both directions, due to deep excavations, and the diversion route will add around 10 miles to journeys. I would advise anyone wishing to travel to plan their journeys and allow extra time.”
Most of the work will be carried out using 24/7 lane closure and temporary traffic lights at various locations between Mill Lane and Butchers Lane, starting outside Guestling Bradshaw school on Monday 17 February.
The A259 will be closed in both directions between Hastings and Rye as follows:
• Weekend closure: between 8pm on Friday 28 February and 6am on Monday 3 March
• Overnight closures: between 8pm and 6am for four nights from Monday 3 March
• Weekend closure: between 8pm on Friday 7 March and 6am on Monday 10 March
A fully signed diversion route will be in place via the A2101, A21, A28 and A268. Access for residents and businesses will be maintained and managed locally on site.