Traffic to be monitored prior to major A23 upgrade

EQUIPMENT is being installed this week to monitor traffic conditions on local roads around the area of a major road upgrade on the A23.

The Highways Agency plans to widen the A23 between Handcross and Warninglid to provide better, safer journeys for drivers on the vital route, with work planned to start later this year.

The kit being installed will monitor traffic flows around the existing Slaugham junction, which is to be removed as part of the upgrade. Traffic flows at 14 locations are being monitored, and will provide data from now, throughout construction of the major road upgrade, and beyond.

Highways Agency project manager Chris Bacon said: “One of the main recommendations from the Public Inquiry for this scheme in 2009 was that the junction at Slaugham should be removed. The equipment being installed this week will provide useful data to help us make good on our promise to monitor the effects of this decision and deliver any additional measures that might later be needed on the local roads around the A23.

“We will be working closely with West Sussex County Council, who manage the local roads, throughout this process.”

Traffic monitoring equipment will be installed in the road surface at 11 points on local roads, and information from these will be combined with data from three points on the A23 and its slip roads, where the equipment is already installed.

Together, they will provide a good picture of the type and volume of traffic using the roads, and track any changes during and after construction on the project. The installation work will be carried out using temporary restrictions on the local roads and is not expected to cause any delays.

Work on the major upgrade itself will start later in the year, with site clearance beginning in the autumn, before main construction starts next spring.