Major repairs on the coastbound A2 near Canterbury in Kent finished yesterday morning (Monday 10 November), three weeks early.
Sections of the road surface along a 6 mile part of the coastbound A2 were replaced and significant maintenance work was carried out at the same time. The work took place over six weekends and involved the coastbound carriageway being closed between Brenley Corner (M2) and Wincheap (A28).
Highways Agency Asset Manager Kevin Bown said:
We would like to thank everyone for their patience over the last six weekends. We have successfully completed the work to repair sections of the carriageway and also carried out routine maintenance to reduce the need for further closures of this section of the A2 in the future.
Christine Allen, Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald Joint Venture Contract Director for Kent and Sussex, said:
This is a fantastic example of proactive engagement ensuring we exceeded the communicated programme in the safest and most efficient way possible. The team excelled in working together to minimise disruption to road users and local businesses. A massive thank you to all involved for all the hard work that resulted in a job completed 3 weeks ahead of schedule.
In addition to the work to rebuild sections of the carriageway, the Highways Agency also used the closures to:
- Replace 5 miles of white lines
- Clear over 200 drainage gullies
- Resurface an additional 1.5 miles on the main carriageway and one lay-by
- Cut back vegetation and remove debris along the verge
- Replace 20 metres of barrier
- Enable UK Power Networks to upgrade power lines near Dunkirk
During the closures, a fully signed diversion route was in place via the A299 and A256 which had been agreed with Kent County Council, Canterbury City Council and Kent Police to minimise disruption. Following feedback over the first weekend, the number of signs for the diversion route was increased to further improve clarity.
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.
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