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M20: Notice of closures and disruption in the next 7 days - FULL DETAILS

Friday 11th January 2019

A LOT of motorway work is planned throughout Kent, much of it on the M20 and the M2.

Highways England has just issued this comprehensive advisory notice.

IT READS

 

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 11 January but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible.

M2 Junction 1 to 3 Medway: bridge works
Work to improve safety this week on the M2 by undertaking bridge joint replacements.
On Monday 14 January there will be a full eastbound closure between junctions 1 and 3 for six nights between 8pm and 6am. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via A289, Pier Road, Yokosuka Way, Ito Way, A2 Hoath Way rejoining M2 at Junction 4. On the westbound carriageway there will be a full carriageway closure at junction 3 for seven nights between 8pm and 6am. Traffic will be diverted via the exit slip and entry slip at the junction. In addition, there is currently a 24 hour lane 4 closure in place in both directions. This is expected to remain in place until the end of January 2019.

The scheme is expected to be complete in March 2019.

M2 Junction 5 to 7, Faversham Kent: resurfacing
Work to improve the network begin this week on the M2. There will be a full westbound closure between junction 7 and junction 5 on Monday 14 January for seven nights between 8pm and 6am. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via A2, A20 and M20.

M20 junctions 3 to 5, Maidstone Kent: Smart Motorways

Work to improve journeys continues this week on the M20 between junctions 3 – 5. There are currently narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph in place 24/7.  On Monday 14 January there will be a closure of the eastbound entry slip road at junction 4 for five nights between 8pm and 6am. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the next available junction.  Free recovery service and speed enforcement remain in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety.

 

M20 Junction 9 to 11, Kent: Junction 10a Construction
Work to improve the network continue this week on the M20. There are currently 24 hour lane closure and 50mph speed restriction in place in both directions between junctions 9 and 11. This will remain in place until January 2020. In addition on Friday 18 January there will be a full carriageway closure eastbound between junction 9 and 11, and westbound between junctions 11 and 10 overnight from 8pm through till Monday 21 January at 6am. A clear signed diversion westbound will be in place via M20, A20, A2, M2 and A249. A clearly signed diversion eastbound will be in place via M25, A2, M2, A20 and M20


M20 Junction 9 to 7, Kent; road surface repairs
Work to improve journeys continue this week on the M20.  On Monday 14 January there will be lane closures in both directions between junctions 9 & 8 for seven nights between 8pm and 6am.

M2 Junction 1 to 3 Medway: bridge works
Work to improve safety this week on the M2 by undertaking bridge joint replacements.
On Monday 14 January there will be a full eastbound closure between junctions 1 and 3 for six nights between 8pm and 6am. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via A289, Pier Road, Yokosuka Way, Ito Way, A2 Hoath Way rejoining M2 at Junction 4. On the westbound carriageway there will be a full carriageway closure at junction 3 for seven nights between 8pm and 6am. Traffic will be diverted via the exit slip and entry slip at the junction. In addition, there is currently a 24 hour lane 4 closure in place in both directions. This is expected to remain in place until the end of January 2019.

The scheme is expected to be complete in March 2019.

M2 Junction 5 to 7, Faversham Kent: resurfacing
Work to improve the network begin this week on the M2. There will be a full westbound closure between junction 7 and junction 5 on Monday 14 January for seven nights between 8pm and 6am. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via A2, A20 and M20.


M23 junctions 8 to 10, Surrey: Smart Motorways
Work to improve journeys continues this week on the M23 between junctions 8 - 10. There are currently narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph North and South bound 24/7.   Free recovery service and speed enforcement are now in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety. On Monday 14 January there will a closure of the northbound exit slip at junction 9 for five nights between 9pm and 6am. On Saturday 18 January there will be a full carriageway closure in both directions junctions 10 & 9 overnight between 9pm and 6am. A clearly signed diversion for the M25 will be in place via A264, Copthorne Road, A22 and re-join M25 at Junction 6. Diversion for Gatwick will be via A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, and Airport way.

 

A2 Darenth, Kent: junction improvements
Work to improve the M25 junction 2 roundabout continues this week. As part of these works there is currently a 24 hour weight restriction, 50 mph speed limit, and narrow lanes in place on the eastbound carriageway of the A2 at Darenth. These will remain in place until March 2019.


A21 Tonbridge, Kent: weakened structure
For the safety of road users there is currently a 50mph speed restriction, and also a weight restriction between Philpots Lane overbridge and the junction of London Road A26 in both directions of the A21.

A27 Lewes, Sussex: installation of a concrete canvas lined ditch
Work to improve the network begin this week on the A27 in Lewes. On Monday 14 January there will be a full carriageway closure in both directions between Southerham roundabout and Beddingham roundabout for five nights between 8pm and 6am. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via A26 to Little Horsted, A22 to polegate, A27 to Beddingham.

A27 Falmer, Sussex: street lighting renewals
Work to improve the network continue this week on the A27 at Falmer. On Monday 14 January there will be a full westbound closure between Patcham and Devils Dyke for six nights between 8pm and 6am. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via A23, A281 and Devils Dyke Rd.

A2070 Ashford, Kent: Junction 10a Construction
Work to improve the network continue this week on the A2070. There is currently a contraflow with 40 mph speed restriction in place hour lane closures in place between The Boulevard and the M20 Junction 10.  On Monday 14 January there will be a full westbound closure between junction 10 of the M20, and The Boulevard for two nights between 8pm and 6am.  On Wednesday 16 January the carriageway will be closed in both directions at this location for two nights between 8pm and 6am. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via A2042, A292, Elwick Rd, Forge Lane, A292, and A251.

 
Safety at roadworks

Highways England is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of road workers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:

Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.
Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.
Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.
Observe all signs – they are there to help you.
And be alert for road workers, the roads are their workplace.

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