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Latest Update from the Environment Agency:

River wall improvement works

Good progress continues to be made with the improvements to the wall at River Road. Further deliveries of steel sheet piles were made to site this week. This means that all the steel sheet piles needed to improve the river wall are now in the UK – either on-site in Arundel or at Mackley’s depot in Small Dole (near shoreham). Piling activities will continue next week as planned.

Forecast for next week

The jack up barge will move to a new downstream position on Monday 11 May 2020 and set up ready for piling activitiesVibration and hammer piling is expected to continue on Tuesday 12 May 2020 and throughout next week.

It remains the case that our contractor will need to make adjustments to their programme of activities (sometimes at short notice) in order to ensure the works remain on schedule and are completed as efficiently as possible. Please be prepared for noisy periods throughout next week.

More steel sheet piles are expected to arrive on site (from Small Dole) on Tuesday 12 May 2020 or Wednesday 13 May 2020,although these deliveries remain subject to change at short notice.

Structural engineers will inspect the existing river wall on Tuesday 12 May 2020, aspart of our routine site monitoring activities during construction. This will help us plan our remaining piling activities and any measures that may need to put in place to continue to safeguard the weaker sections of river wall.

Embankment raising South of the A27

At Fitzalan Road, there will continue to be periodic deliveries of site equipment and materials to and from the site compound. You will continue to see operatives dig post holes (using a mechanical auger) and install the king piles (small concrete posts) as they make improvements to the crest of the river bank. We are working to agree small revisions to the design at the inlet channel (near the Granary/Windmill).

From next week, there will be increased construction activity on the opposite side of the river. You will start to see operatives working at this location in preparation of similar embankment raising over the coming period (as described above). This work will include environmental surveys, vegetation cutting and the installation of safety fencing. Please be aware that the river bank footpath will be closed (from the A27 road bridge to the Windmill on the adjacent river bank) until the end of September 2020.