For eight weeks, starting in September, Southern Water will be repairing North Street. During this time, parts of the road will be closed.
Here’s what we know so far:
• The programme of road repairs will get underway in mid-September (exact date to be confirmed). It is expected to take eight weeks to complete.
• During the works, North Street will need to be closed from its intersection with West Street, down to the junction with East Street. Importantly, access will still be maintained for local traffic, such as residents’ vehicles, business deliveries and taxis. An agreed diversion will be set up for through traffic that would normally use North Street, most notably buses – further details will be publicised more widely in due course. The diversion will take full account of other works taking place across Brighton & Hove.
• The first step in the repair work is for the top road section, which is made up of tarmac, to be planed off from the northern side of North Street for a width of five metres – around half the width of the carriageway. In some of the narrower sections of road, the area of repair will necessarily encompass more than half the roadway width.
• Once the tarmac has been removed, the concrete layer which sits above our water main trench will be fully exposed, allowing it to be surveyed and any areas repaired as needed, in consultation and agreement with BHCC’s Highways team. All the iron works, such as manhole covers and drain gullies, will then be levelled in preparation for re-surfacing work.
• Finally, the area of roadway repaired will be resurfaced, with a layer of asphalt reinforcing technology installed as part of the new tarmac to provide additional durability.
• In both, the lead-up to and during the works, Southern Water will continue to liaise closely with BHCC and key stakeholders, to ensure the repairs are carried out with the minimum possible inconvenience and disruption. They will also deliver a programme of communications to make sure members of the public are aware of what is happening and can plan ahead accordingly.
We will bring you updates on the repair works, as soon as we know more.