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Sunny weather helps A23 widening plans between Hassocks and Warninglidstay on track
Multimillion pound plans to improve one of the county's busiest roads are back on track with workers pledging it will finish on time.
Those behind the widening of the A23 between Hassocks and Warninglid feared the opening would be delayed due to the bad weather last year.
But the project directors have told The Argus the recent sunny spell has allowed the 160-strong workforce to catch up.
It means the two-and-a-half mile stretch, which will be expanded from a dual carriageway into three lanes, will open without restrictions in autumn.
Chris Bacon, project manager for the Highways Agency, said: “We've reworked the construction phase in such a way that we've been able to catch up - the plan is going well.
“The programme to catch us back up required us to do a lot of work this summer and the good weather in the last couple of months has really helped.”
John McNiffe, project manager for Carillion, said: “Every milestone we have set ourselves so far has been hit, and there's nothing to suggest we won't hit the final one on time.”
The development has been criticised as being a cash cow for the government with thousands of motorists being pulled up for speeding.
This has seen about £56,000 being paid to the Treasury by January.
Mr Bacon said: “The reason for the 40mph speed limit is because of the narrow lanes and winding roads.
“For that reason we have had to set a speed limit in place, and of course we need to protect our workforce.
“We could have run at 50mph, but it would mean wider lanes, which are more expensive and would add more time to the development.”
Mr Bacon added he understood motorists' frustration at the lack of workforce they saw on the road but said a lot of the construction took place at night.
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