17 August 2012
Monday 20 August - Sunday 26 August 2012
A traffic management summary for both new and ongoing work
The information provided in this report is correct as of the above date but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
A23 Handcross to Warninglid widening
Main construction work on this major improvement scheme, which will make journeys on the A23 safer and more reliable, continues this week, with a reduced 40mph speed limit and narrow lanes in place 24 hours a day.
The southbound A23 will be closed between Pease Pottage (M23, Junction 11) and Bolney (A23/A272) overnight between 9pm and 6am on Wednesday 22 August for carriageway repairs, resurfacing and vegetation clearance. Road users will be directed to follow a fully signed diversion route via the A264, A24 and A272.
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.
A27 West of Polegate Drainage
Work continues this week to install two new carriageway drains, one on each side of the road on the A27 between Folkington Road and Folkington Manor near Polegate, East Sussex. The work which began on Monday 25 June will, subject to weather, should be complete by mid-September.
Work will be carried out with one lane closed, overnight between 8pm and 6am, to provide a safe distance for road users from the open excavations required to carry out the work. There will be temporary traffic lights to allow vehicles to pass the work site and a temporary speed limit of 40mph will be in place overnight while the work is carried out. On some nights road users will be escorted past the works in a convoy at 10mph.
In order to install the new drains, trees adjacent to both carriageways at the works location need to be removed. At present it is thought between 10 and 12 trees will need to be removed however this will be assessed once work starts. These will not be replaced with new trees after the work is completed as the trees are part of the cause of poor road surface at this location. There will be no work carried out during the late August bank holiday period (Friday 24 August to Monday 27 August inclusive), with no restrictions on the road during this time.
A21 Hurst Green Tree Removal
Lane closures and temporary traffic lights will be in place on the A21 next to Hurst Green School overnight between 8pm and 6am on Wednesday 22 August to remove a dying oak tree.
A27 Warren Road Tree Removal
Lane closures and temporary traffic lights will be in place on the A27 near to Hillside Avenue overnight between 8pm and 6am on Thursday 23 August to remove a dying oak tree.
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