Brace yourself for long delays.
The Environment Agency have today confirmed that the Sea Defence Works currently underway in Pier Road and Arun Parade are facing long delays and both roads will now be closed for a period of at least a year.
Autumn 2014 is now the anticipated completion date for the scheme, which has come as a huge blow to both residents and business owners whose roads (Pier Road, Arun Parade and part of South Terrace) have already been closed since Autumn 2013.
The Environment Agency have also confirmed works in Pier Road and Arun Parade will continue throughout the summer months.
Reasons for the delay, provided by the Environment Agency include:
- Adverse weather
- Multiple crane and rig breakdowns together with technical problems with the mechanical plant.
- A number of complex and very important safety issues regarding locating the crane on the existing riverside area.
- The drawings for Arun Parade and Pier Road have only recently been finalised that has led to some increase in the amount of time required on site.
What’s not clear at this time is if this revised finish date includes the completion of the scheme’s enhancements and the work required to put Pier Road and Arun Parade back as usable surfaces following the works.
If this new date does not include completion of these additional works, then we could easily be looking at early 2015 before we see Pier Road and Arun Parade returned to normal again.
We’re grateful to the Environment Agency for this latest update.