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Planned roadworks in Kent and Sussex: weekly summary for Monday 16 January to Sunday 22 January 2017

Summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week.

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The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 12 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 junctions 5 to 6, Sittingbourne, Kent: carriageway strengthening

Work to improve safety by strengthening the carriageway continue this week. There will be a lane 2 closure in both directions, with a hard shoulder running. There will be a full closure in both directions of the M2 between junctions 5 and 6 on Monday 16 January overnight, between 8pm and 6am. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A249 and A2. There will also be a 50mph speed limit in place throughout the period of works and until the completion at the end of March 2017.

M2 Chatham, Kent: carriageway resurfacing

Work to improve journeys by resurfacing the carriageway begin this week. Lanes 2, 3 & 4 between junctions 2 and 3 will be closed on the eastbound carriageway on Monday 16 January for 5 nights between 8pm and 6am. Works are scheduled to be complete by end of January.

M20 junction 4, Maidstone, Kent: junction improvement

Work by Kent County Council to improve journeys by adding an additional lane to the roundabout continues this week. Narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit will be in place on both carriageways underneath the roundabout for the duration of scheme. A lane closure and 30mph speed limit will be in place on the southbound section of the roundabout. Lane 1 of the westbound entry slip will be closed.

For further information on the project, please visit Kent County Council’s website.

M20 junctions 3 – 5, Kent: smart motorway surveys

Work to improve journeys continue this week on the M20 between junctions 3 & 5. There will be 2 lanes closed on the westbound carriageway on Monday 16 January for 5 nights, between 8pm and 6am. Surveys are scheduled to be complete in April 2017.

M23 Junctions 8 – 10a, South Nutfield to Crawley: smart motorway surveys

Work to improve journeys continue this week on the M23 between junctions 8 & 10a. There will be various lane closures in place in both directions overnight on Monday 16 January for 5 nights, between 8pm and 6am. Surveys are scheduled to be complete in April 2017.

A2 Darenth to Bean, Kent: carriageway resurfacing

Work to improve journeys continue this week on the A2. There will be lane closures on the entry slip from Bean B255 and on the westbound carriageway of the A2 between Bean and Darenth on Monday 16 January for 2 night, between 10pm and 6am. There will be a full closure of the westbound carriageway at the A282 Darenth junction on Wednesday 18 January for 3 nights between 10pm and 6am. There will be a clearly signed diversion route via the exit and entry slip road.. Works are scheduled to be complete in early March 2017.

A20 Dover, Kent: junction improvement work

Work by the Port of Dover to improve journeys on the A20 continues this week. There will be a westbound closure on Monday 16 January for 3 nights, between 9pm and 5am. A cleary signed diversion route will direct the freght traffic travelling up Jubilee Way via the A2. Tourist and local traffic travelling westbound (and freight vehicles destined for Motis Freight Clearance) will be diverted via Wellesley Road, Marine Parade/Waterloo Crescent and Union Street. For traffic travelling eastbound there will be a minor diversion via York Street and the Folkestone Road roundabout to return to the A20.

Phased work continue at the York Street junction and at the Union Street junction. Outside these hour lane closures remain in place in both directions between the Limekiln and Woolcomber junctions. There will be no right turn facility along the section of the A20 for both eastbound and westbound traffic. Clearly signed diversions will be in place to direct traffic through the works.

For more information on the project, visit the Port of Dover’s website

A21 Tonbridge to Pembury, Kent: major improvement

Work to improve journeys on the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury continues this week. A 40mph speed limit remains in place 24/7 between the Vauxhall interchange and the A228.

A full closure will be in place overnight between 8pm and 6am on Thursday 19 January on the southbound carriageway between Quarry Hill and Longfield roundabout and on the northbound carriageway between Longfield roundabout and Vauxhall interchange. In addition Longfield Road will be closed in both directions between Longfield roundabout and Knights Park roundabout. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A26, A2014, A26 and the A228.

Two way traffic lights will be in place on the A21 overnight between 8pm and 6am from Monday 16 January for three nights and overnight on Friday 20 January.

Tonbridge Road will remain closed after Pembury Hospital up to and including Longfield Road roundabout until Spring 2017. A clearly signed diversion route will be in place via the A228 and the A21.

The scheme is due to be completed in Summer 2017.

For further information, visit the scheme website.

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Published 16 January 2017