Chichester is bracing itself for more traffic over the coming weeks when work starts to provide an access junction on a busy city road.
Linden Homes, which is redeveloping the former Osborne site in Stockbridge Road, will start work on Monday (April 11).
The work is expected to last for 18 weeks, taking it into the busy summer holiday period.
The new access will be situated off Stockbridge Road, just south of the junction with Terminus Road, and will involve upgrading and altering the traffic lights at the junction with Terminus Road and laying anti-skid surfacing in some areas.
Twenty-four traffic lights controlling the flow of traffic will be in operation and lights will be operated manually if queues of traffic build up significantly in any one direction. Motorists are being urged to use different routes.
Chairman of the Southern Gateway Residents’ Association Alan Green said it was unfortunate work was taking place at such a busy time of year, but Linden Homes had communicated well with residents, providing lots of information and giving people the chance to ask questions. He said the works would mostly affect elderly residents nearby who needed to cross the road, with peak times being the worse for queues.
“In the summer the traffic queues up from the beach. It is going to increase the queues considerably. We are so used to heavy traffic on Stockbridge Road, we have queues on the road every day and it is one of the main arterial roads into the city.”