REPAIRS planned for the Broadwater Bridge in Worthing have been postponed until September, 2014.
The gas leak attended to by Southern Gas Networks nearby on the A24 Broadwater Road has disrupted the date when work can start and finish.
West Sussex County Council said it does not want work on the bridge to impact upon the Christmas period, so it has taken the decision to postpone the works until the next available date.
The earliest available slot for the length of time needed to repair the bridge is September next year.
Repairs on the public highway have to be scheduled so they do not clash with other county council or utility company works.
The road network is managed by the county council, and roads close to Broadwater Bridge have to be clear while major works take place.
The county council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, Pieter Montyn, said: “It is with regret we have to announce this postponement, but on reflection this year’s delay will disrupt Worthing the least.
“The timetable for space on the road network is incredibly tight, so any unforeseen circumstances like these affects things hugely.”
The repairs were due to take place to make the bridge safer to the public.
A safety check by the county council revealed water is leaking through the bridge deck, causing small pieces of concrete to loosen and fall.
However it is still safe for the public to use and will still be so over the next 12 months.
Pieter said: “We pro-actively inspect all our bridges as part of our maintenance work and the deterioration at Broadwater Bridge has been picked up at an early stage.
“We will be keeping a close eye on it, but the problems have not reached the stage yet where we are forced to close it completely for being too dangerous.
“I want to assure residents Broadwater Bridge is safe and remains safe.”