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Major M2 and M20 roadworks throughout September and their full diversion routes

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Original article from Kent Live

Highways England has confirmed that two of Kent's biggest motorways will face substantial closures through September for repair work.

The M2, which spans from Gravesend to Canterbury, and connects Dover to the rest of Kent via the A2, will be closed eastbound for the entirety of September, causing huge disruption to ordinary travel routes.

The M20 will also face overnight closures throughout September.

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Scroll down to see the full details of the planned M2 and M20 roadworks for September.

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M2 roadworks and diversions

J5-6 resurfacing works

Resurfacing work is being carried out on sections of the M2 eastbound carriageway between junctions 5 and 6 from Tuesday, August 31, to Thursday, September 30.

This work will take place overnight from 8pm to 6am Mondays to Thursdays only.

During the closure a diversion route will be in place via the A249 south, M20, A20 east and A2 west towards M2 Junction 6.

Highways England says the overnight closures will be clearly marked on yellow signs at the junction, alongside the road, and emergency services vehicles will have escorted access through the works where required.

Maidstone Road Bridge

Highways England is carrying out "essential works" on the M2/A229 Maidstone Road bridge joints throughout September 2021.

This is above the M2 near junction 3, and the work requires the closure the A229 carriageway during the night in both directions.

From Monday, September 6 to Monday, September 13, the southbound carriageway will be closed each evening from 8.pm until 6.am.

During this time, the closures will also involve a lane 2 closure on the northbound carriageway to ensure a safe working area for workers..

An illustration of the works by Highways England

From Tuesday, September 14 to Wednesday, September 22, the northbound carriageway will be closed each evening from 8pm to 6am.

During this time, the closures will also involve a lane 2 closure on the southbound carriageway to ensure a safe working area for our workforce.

Additionally, Highways England will be returning briefly to the southbound carriageway on Friday, September 27, and the northbound side on Saturday, September 28, to complete the works.

Works will also affect the bus stop on the A2045.

Diversion route

Diversions are in place during these works via Lord Lees roundabout, the A229 and A2045 and re-joining at the Rochester Road roundabout.

The southbound diversion is the same in the opposite direction.

This route is just over a mile and a half in length and will be clearly labelled along with yellow signs in advance of the works informing of the upcoming closure.

M20 roadworks and diversions

Sittingbourne bridge

M20 Sittingbourne junction closure

Highways England is carrying out repair work on the M20 Sittingbourne (Interchange) East Bridge which is just outside Maidstone.

The bridge carries the A249 over the M20 motorway and the work is reportedly required to ensure it remains safe to use for as long as possible.

This work began on August 22 and ends on September 6., with work commencing at 8pm until 6am the next morning.

Diversion routes

Two diversion routes are in place – one for motorway traffic and the other for non-motorway traffic.

Motorway traffic – via M20 junction 8 and back to M20 junction 7 (approx 7 miles)

Non-motorway traffic – via Pilgrims Way, The Street, Hockers Lane, Bearsted Road (approx 2 miles)

Brands Hatch

The road will be closed north from J3 with the M26, to J1 with the M25, overnight on Saturday September 4 (8am-8pm).

It will also be closed from 7 nights from Monday September 6, from 10pm-5am.

A diversion operation via the M26 and A20 will be in place.

For further details of planned road closures in the south east, check the Highways England website, and plan ahead before you travel.

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