26 February 2010
Some 8,000 solar-powered road studs are to be installed on the A20 between Folkestone and Dover in Kent to improve safety for road users. Work is scheduled to start Sunday 28 February and last two weeks.
With ten times more visibility than traditional cats’ eyes - the new road studs are solar powered and do not need the light from drivers’ headlights to work. They provide better visibility, particularly at night, along this 6.3 mile (10.2km) section of the A20.
To install the studs and for the safety of road users, there will be overnight closures at different stages throughout the work and on either the London-bound or coastbound carriageway. The work will take place between Courtwood Interchange and junction 13 of the M20, and between Courtwood Interchange and Western Heights roundabout on the A20.
John Burns, Highways Agency route manager for Kent, said:
“This section of the A20 was identified as a stretch of road that could benefit from the new solar studs as it is at times subject to sea fog.
“They will light the way to allow road users to follow the road more easily. We have carefully planned the works to be overnight to keep delays to a minimum.”
The closures will have a fully-signed diversion route and will run from 8pm to 6am as follows:
From Sunday 28 February to Monday 1 March, there will be an overnight closure of the London-bound carriageway from the A20 Courtwood Interchange through to junction 13 of the M20.
From Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 March, there will be overnight closures of the coastbound carriageway from junction 13 of the M20 to the A20 Courtwood Interchange.
From Saturday 6 to Sunday 7 March, there will again be an overnight closure of the London-bound A20 Courtwood Interchange through to junction 13 of the M20.
From Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 March, there will be an overnight closure of the coastbound A20 from Courtwood Interchange to Western Heights roundabout.
From Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 March, there will be an overnight closure of the London-bound A20 from Western Heights roundabout to the A20 Courtwood Interchange.
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