A23 road widening near Handcross set to begin
A new scheme to widen the A23 is about to begin in West Sussex covering the area between Handcross and Warninglid.
The £76.9m scheme will see the main route widened to three lanes in each direction.
Engineering work will begin on Monday 2nd July on a 2.5 mile stretch of the A23. Lanes will be narrowed and a temporary 40mph speed limit will also be in operation.
The area affected is just south of Gatwick, part of the main route connecting London to Brighton.
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Preparatory environmental work began in April last year, which saw the road shut for six nights a week for three weeks. This was followed by clearing the site and felling trees in November last year to prepare the site for the widening.
Government Roads Minister, Mike Penning said the work will help commuters and improve journeys as well as tackling congestion on a vital road for the region's infrastructure.
The public had the opportunity to study the plans and the project when a public exhibition was held in Handcross in June.
The Highways Agency said that this stretch of the road is used by 70,000 vehicles a day and is the only part of the A23 between the M23 and the Sussex coast that has never been improved.