18 October 2011
Monday 17 – Sunday 23 October 2011
A20 Roundhill Viaduct
Temporary restrictions remain in place on the A20 near Folkestone while arrangements are made to replace components on the Roundhill viaduct. Two lanes are open on the coastbound carriageway, one of these a narrow lane for vehicles no wider than 6 feet six inches. One lane remains open on the Londonbound carriageway. A 30mph speed restriction is in place in both directions.
A26 Quarry Hill
An 18-tonne weight restriction is in place on the northbound A26 Quarry Hill Viaduct. The viaduct passes over the A21 and heads into Tonbridge from Tunbridge Wells in Kent.
The restriction is a precautionary measure after routine inspections of the bridge identified that strengthening work may be needed in the future. The weight restriction will protect the integrity of the bridge while this is investigated further.
All vehicles over 18 tonnes will be required to follow a short diversion via the A21 northbound to Morleys Interchange, where they will be directed to return on the southbound carriageway and enter Tonbridge using the southbound exit slip road at Vauxhall Lane Interchange.
Bus operators and emergency services vehicles are still able to use the route.
A259 Barnhorn Road Resurfacing
Work continues this week to resurface the A259 Barnhorn Road between its junction with Sandhurst Lane and Little Common Roundabout in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.
Work started on Monday 12 September for six weeks, and will be carried out each weekday between 9am and 4.30pm. There will be lane closures with temporary traffic lights in operation on the A259 400 metres apart. The traffic lights will be controlled manually to ensure that disruption to road users is also kept to a minimum.
The existing road surface will first be removed, and a new carriageway laid. Road markings will then be repainted. All restrictions will be removed outside working times.
A21 Embankment Repair
Work is being carried out this week to strengthen an embankment on the A21 near Tonbridge in Kent. There are no restrictions on the A21, but parking has been suspended on sections of two local roads near Hildenborough – the B2027 and Lower Street.
M23 Junctions 8 to 9 Safety Barrier Upgrade Work to replace a section of wire rope barrier with a new concrete barrier on the M23 between junctions 8 and 9 near Gatwick airport continues this week.
Lane 3 of the motorway will be closed in each direction while the work is carried out. Three narrow lanes will remain open to traffic, with vehicles directed to use the hard shoulder and a 50mph speed limit in place, enforced by average speed cameras. A free recovery service will be available.
Work is expected to be complete in mid-November.
A27 Bay Tree Lane Embankment Repair Work
Work to stabilise the embankment behind the A27 at Bay Tree Lane in Polegate, East Sussex, started on Monday 3 October for eight weeks.
Work will be carried out between 7.30am and 5.30pm each day, with a 24 hour closure of a 370 metre section of Bay Tree Lane next to the embankment from Monday to Saturday. One lane will open each Sunday to facilitate access to local events.
At all other times, a short diversion route will be in place via the A22 between Cophall Roundabout and the A295 Roundabout. Access to Cophall Farm will be maintained throughout the work.
A21 Road Marking and Road Stud work
Work to replace road markings and road studs is being carried out this week on the A21 in Kent and into East Sussex.
Work between Hastings and the Scotney Castle Roundabout starts on Monday 17 October and will continue until Friday 11 November, moving onto other sections in future weeks.
Work will be carried out on one carriageway at a time with lane closures in place and temporary traffic lights in operation to allow traffic to pass the work site in convoy. At junctions there will be three or four way temporary traffic lights in operation to allow access to and from side roads.
All work will be carried out between 8pm and 6am, and all restrictions will be lifted outside working hours.
A259 Bexhill on Sea Resurfacing
Sections of the A259 in East Sussex will be resurfaced this week.
Work continues this week between the De La Warr Road Roundabout and Hastings, and will start on a new section, between Knebworth Road and Barrack Road Subway, from Monday 17 October until Friday 28 October.
Work will be carried out between 8pm and 6am each week night and has been carefully planned to minimize disruption, coordinating with the nearby A259 Barnhorn Road resurfacing work, which is being carried out during the day.
There will be single lane closures with temporary traffic lights in place on the A259, and road users will be escorted past the work site by a convoy vehicle. When work is being carried out on the roundabout, the side roads will be shut and local diversions will be in place.
A27 Resurfacing, Portfield
Sections of the westbound A27 to the east of the Portfield Roundabout near Chichester in West Sussex will be resurfaced this week. Work starts on Monday 17 October until Saturday 22 October. Road markings and road studs will also be replaced.
While work is being carried out there will be single lane closures on the westbound carriageway, with temporary traffic lights and a convoy system in place pas the work site. There will be a 40mph speed limit in place on the approach to the roadworks, which will be carried out between 8pm and 6am each night.
A2 Bridge Londonbound Exit Slip Road Closure Work to install new solar powered road studs on the exit slip road at Bridge, near Canterbury in Kent, will be carried out overnight on Sunday 16 October between 8pm until 6am
The A2 exit slip road to the A2050 will be closed while work is carried out, with a fully signed diversion in place via the A2 and the A28.
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