Chichester road works to last six weeks

Work on the new pedestrian crossing begins on the Via Ravenna road.''Picture by Louise Adams C130273-1 Chi Ravenna
Work on the new pedestrian crossing begins on the Via Ravenna road.''Picture by Louise Adams C130273-1 Chi Ravenna

ROAD works began yesterday on the Via Ravenna in Chichester, and are scheduled to last until April.

The work, which will see a new puffin-style pedestrian crossing installed, is being carried out on behalf of the West Sussex County Council highways department.

As part of the crossing’s installation, a bus stop for the college will be moved further along the road.

Temporary two-way traffic lights were in put in place along the road this week to allow the scheme to be carried out safely.

The road runs past the Westgate Leisure Centre, and is one of the main roads from the city towards the A27, and the Tesco superstore at the Fishbourne Roundabout.

While the crossing is installed, the road works are scheduled to last for approximately six weeks, however this is dependant on weather conditions.

As part of the work, the crossing will also include pedestrian beepers and a rotating tactile device to help those with visual impairments to cross the road safely.

The work will include all of the associated road markings.

There will also be dropped 
kerbing and blistered paving installed.

Ducting works along the footway will be around 80m long either side of the crossing point.

The road surface will also be altered, with the installation of grey, high-friction surfacing approximately 80m either side of the crossing.

The cycle lane will still remain in place along the road, with the markings being refreshed as part of the works.

The bus stop, which is currently adjacent to the footpath which leads to Chichester College, will be moved around 25m east, towards the Avenue de Chartres car park, to allow for the installation of the new crossing.

The contractors carrying out the work are Balfour Beatty, Hobart Paving and Telent Traffic.

Work still remains ongoing on the nearby stretch of the A27, which began before Christmas.