M20 East Street Footbridge

M20 East Street Footbridge

As the Highways England contractor for Kent & Sussex, we would like to inform you of work on the M20, Kent.

The work being carried out is to provide a new footbridge to replace the one which was struck and subsequently collapsed in 2016.  The new footbridge covers the same footprint as the old one and some of the existing foundations will be re-used.

The replacement structure consists principally of two parts, namely the two – span continuous truss which spans the motorway and adjacent northern embankment and the southern spiral ramp which is to the south of the motorway and exists to bring walkers down to ground levels.

Work is expected to start on Monday 30 October and continue until 31 March 2018. including weekends, assuming reasonable weather conditions.

In order to carry out these works as efficiently and as safely as possible, there will be lane closures, 24/7 speed restriction to 50mph, hard shoulder closures, slip road closures and narrow lanes.

The closures we have planned will be;

  • Lane 1 closure from the M26 onto the M20 on slip coast bound for safety reasons.
  • M20 Junction 4 London Bound entry slip road onto the M20. 8pm – 6am
  • M26 Junction 2a, Coast Bound entry slip road onto the M26  8pm – 6am
  • There will be a hard shoulder closure on the M20 London bound and Coast Bound from Junction 4 to Junction 2.
  • Emergency services and Traffic Officer Vehicles will have access at all times.
  • We will be utilising lane closures, narrow lanes and speed restrictions 24/7.

Work will mainly be carried out during the day although there will be overnight working required and also full closures when the new bridge is lifted into place.

When full closures are in place, there will be a fully signed diversion route in place which has been approved by Kent Police and local authorities and is authorised as being suitable for all vehicles.

 

Coast Bound Diversion Route

Traffic wishing to continue their journey along the M20 coast bound carriageway will be diverted off the M20 at junction 2 off slip.  At the roundabout traffic will take the third exit on to the A20 London Road.  Traffic will continue to follow the A20 London Road until the roundabout.  At the roundabout, traffic will take the third exit and continue to follow the A20.  At the next roundabout, traffic will take the second exit and continue to follow the A20 London Road.  At the next roundabout, traffic will take the second exit and will merge with traffic from the M26.

M26 traffic wishing to continue along the M26 coast bound carriageway will be diverted off the M26 at junction 2a off slip, at the roundabout, traffic will take the third exit.

Traffic from the M20 and M26 will be diverted onto the A20 London Road.  Traffic will continue to follow the A20 London Road and at the next roundabout will take the first exit and continue along the A20.  Traffic will follow the A20 and at the next roundabout will take the first exit and continue on the A20.  At the next set of traffic lights, traffic will turn right onto the A228 and stay in the right hand lane and follow M20 signs.  At the next set of traffic lights, traffic will take the right hand turning onto the A228 towards the M20.  At the next roundabout, traffic wil take the second exit and continue on the A228.  At the next traffic lights you will stay in the right hand lane and continue.  At the next roundabout, traffic will take the third exit back onto the M20 junction 4 coast bound carriageway.

London Bound Diversion route

A228 traffic wishing to travel along the M20 London Bound carriageway will be diverted off the second exit onto the A228.  M20 traffic wishing to continue along the M20 London Bound carriageway will be diverted off the M20 at junction 4 slip off London bound and at the roundabout will take the first exit onto the A228 towards Tonbridge.

Both the A228 and M20 traffic will continue to follow the A228 towards Tonbridge.  At the next traffic lights, traffic will continue to travel straight along the A228.  At the roundabout traffic will take the first exit and continue on the A228.  At the traffic lights, traffic will take the left turn and follow the A20 towards West Malling.  At the next roundabout, traffic will take the second exit and continue to follow the A20 London Road.  At the next roundabout, traffic will take the second exit and follow the A20.  At the next traffic lights, traffic will follow the A20 towards the M26 and M20.

At the next roundabout traffic wishing to continue along the M26 will take the first exit onto the M26 london Bound.

Traffic wishing to continue to the M20 will take the second exit onto the A20 London Road.  At the next roundabout traffic will take the third exit onto the M20 london bound carriageway.

We have made every effort to ensure disruption to traffic and residents is kept to a minimum, but there will inevitably be some noise and disruption generated by these works and for that we apologise in advance. When particularly noisy operations are unavoidable, we will aim to complete these before 11pm.

Our road workers frequently work in situations which are both unpleasant and dangerous and we would kindly ask that you treat them with the respect you would wish to be treated with while they are working in your area. If you do have any issues with the work taking place, our road workers will always try to help you if they are able

If you would like to receive weekly updates by email regarding these works especially informing you of when we will be closing the M20, please send your contact information to area4enquiries@aone.uk.com

 

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If you have any questions or if you’d like to know about the work taking place, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Phone: 01732 446800

Post: 10, Kings Hill Avenue,

Kings Hill,

Kent

ME19 4AR

Email: area4enquiries@aone.uk.com

info@highwaysengland.co.uk

Web: www.highways.gov.uk