CONSULTATION on £14.8million improvements to the heavily-congested A259 will be launched in the new year.
West Sussex County Council (WSCC) will seek views on dualling of single-carriageway parts of the busy A-road in January or February.
The multi-million pound plans, the county council states, would result in more than £100million of financial benefits, through reduced travel time and vehicle operating costs.
A report states: “Congestion on the A259 in Littlehampton is acting as a barrier to local economic development.
“Proposals have been developed for the phased delivery of a series of junction and carriageway improvements to improve capacity and reduce congestion.
“The phased approach minimises the level of WSCC capital investment and makes best use of local development funding contributions as these become available.”
The junction and carriageway improvements relate to stretches of road between the Station Road roundabout to the A280 roundabout, near Haskins garden centre.
Additionally, improvements are planned between the Body Shop roundabout and the planned Fitzalan link road, north of the Littlehampton Academy.
Separate new pedestrian and cycling routes will also be constructed.
But while consultation will happen swiftly, WSCC has warned it could take at least 18 months to negotiate the purchase of land required to carry out any dualling.
Additional improvements to the Goring Crossways and Tesco (Broadpiece) roundabouts are not included in the first phase of development.
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