Worthing bridge repair delayed by gas leak

Repairs to a key route in and out of a West Sussex town centre have been delayed for a year after a gas leak was found nearby.

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) said repairs to the A24 Broadwater Bridge in Worthing would not now start until September 2014.

Work was due to begin on 2 September but had to be delayed because of a gas leak in Broadwater Road.

The next available date that would not impact on Christmas was a year away.

'Tight timetable'

"Repairs on the public highway have to be scheduled so they do not clash with other county council or utility company works," said Councillor Pieter Montyn.

"The timetable for space on the road network is incredibly tight, so any unforeseen circumstances like these affects things hugely."

The 40-year-old bridge over the railway needs repair because water is leaking through the deck, causing small pieces of concrete to loosen and fall.

But the council said it would be safe to use.

"We inspect all our bridges as part of our maintenance work and the deterioration at Broadwater Bridge has been picked up at an early stage," said Mr Montyn.

"We will be keeping a close eye on it, but the problems have not reached the stage yet where we are forced to close it completely for being too dangerous."

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