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A2 closure: ‘Very busy’ junction to be shut all weekend near Dartford for new bridge

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Original article from Kent Live

A "very busy" junction of the A2 will be closed this weekend as work begins to install a new bridge near Dartford.

Major work is taking place to install beams for a new bridge at Bean, east of the existing Bean Lane bridge.

The whole road will be closed so a crane spanning the whole carriageway can lift the new beams into place.

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It comes after drivers were told that a different section of the road will be closed for eight weekends in a row, starting in early September.

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This weekend's work also covers the whole weekend, with closures taking effect from 10pm tomorrow (Friday August 20) to 6am on Monday (August 23).

Edgar Vila Pouca, Highways England’s senior project manager, said: “We know this is a very busy junction and we would only close the carriageway at Bean if absolutely necessary.

“There are likely to be significant delays at times and would urge anyone travelling along the A2 this weekend or in the local area to look at alternative routes if possible and to allow extra time for journeys.”

The A2 coastbound carriageway will be closed between the exit and entry slip roads at the Bean junction and lanes 2 and 3 of the A2 will be closed from the M25 on the approach to Bean.

Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd manufacture the bridge beams in Darlington before they are brought to Kent this week

The A2 London bound carriageway will be closed from Ebbsfleet to the M25.

Diversion routes

The A2 coastbound carriageway will be closed between the exit and entry slip roads at the Bean junction and lanes 2 and 3 of the A2 will be closed from the M25 on the approach to Bean.

The A2 London bound carriageway will be closed from Ebbsfleet to the M25.

To manage traffic and access around the bridge local and regional diversion routes will be set up. The bridge beams will be transported to Kent from Darlington on Thursday 19 August.

A2 London bound traffic from the M2 – Exit the M2 at junction 3 onto A229 or junction 5 onto A249, then use M20 to join he M25 at junction 3, then exit the M25 at junction2 to rejoin the A2.

A2 coastbound from Surrey / Hampshire – Exit the M25 at junction 5, then use the M26 M20 and either the A229or A249 to join the M2.

A2 coastbound traffic from Kent / Essex – Exit the M25 at junction 3 then use the M20 and either the A249 or A229 to join the M2.

Access to Bean bridge as a pedestrian – Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained across the bridge. Cyclists will need to dismount and there may be a short delay for people to cross until access to the area is made safe.

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