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VIDEO: Rocky Lane rail bridge is lowered into place

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The new bridge over the railway that forms the last link in the long-awaited Haywards Heath bypass has been put into place this week.

The 14 reinforced concrete beams, each weighing 60 tons, were delivered over four days last week and lifted by crane into place across the railway span on Monday.

The complex engineering task took place off Rocky Lane between Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill under the supervision of home builder Crest Nicholson.

The bridge contractor BAM Nuttall and the contractor building the bypass itself, Raymond Brown Construction Ltd, have been working on site since autumn last year and say works are progressing well.

However, Rocky Lane, which has been closed to traffic since January 13 was scheduled to reopen on February 24 but remained closed today (Wednesday) with traffic and commuters facing long diversions to bypass the area.

The closure has been necessary not only to facilitate the bridge construction but to realign Rocky Lane and tied it in to a new roundabout.

The roundabout will facilitiate access to new homes that Crest is building off Rocky Lane, with part of the planning gain for the area being Crest’s construction of the so-called Stage 5 of the Haywards Heath bypass.

When the less than half-a-mile length of Stage 5 is complete, it will link Rocky Lane to the roundabout at the southern end of Bolnore Village.

The final, all-encompassing £15m road will then form a complete 3.1 mile loop around Haywards Heath, diverting an estimated eight million vehicles from the centre of the town each year.

Crest says that Monday to Friday construction work on the road building project will be added to by night working this month and in April and May with the bridge section of the work due to continue until July.

Completion of Stage 5 in its entirety is not expected to be until summer 2015.

Crest Nicholson says it is committed to keeping local residents informed of the works in order to minimise disruption wherever possible.

It has distributed leaflets to 5,000 households in Haywards Heath and has a website at www.haywardsheathreliefroad.com. Residents can also call 01932 580363 with any inquiries.

 

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