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Traffic bulletin: Carriageway closures start next week for A2 Jubilee Way bridge maintenance in Dover

02 September 2013 10:30

Highways Agency

Road users are reminded that the Londonbound A2 in Dover, Kent, will close next Monday (9 September) for five weeks and the coastbound carriageway will be closed overnight as a bridge refurbishment scheme moves into the next phase.

The work is part of a package of improvements to maintain the A2 Jubilee Way, over the Eastern Docks, which started last month.

The next phase will involve overnight and daytime closures of the A2 Jubilee Way with clearly signed diversions in place. The scheme is due to be completed in mid-October.

Bala Vishnubala, Highways Agency Structures Manager said:

“We have been progressing well with the concrete repairs over the last few weeks, with no impact to road users. The next phase involves more work on the bridge itself; we have planned the work to keep one lane open to coastbound traffic.

“I would encourage anyone who would normally use the A2 Jubilee Way to plan their journeys in advance and allow extra time.”

The Londonbound carriageway will be closed from Monday 9 September until Monday 14 October. The coastbound carriageway will remain open to traffic between 6am and 8pm, Monday to Saturday with work being carried out overnight and on Sundays.

All overnight work will be carried out between 8pm and 6am.

During the carriageway closures, fully signed diversion routes will be in place via the A20 and A256. Long distance traffic is advised to consider using the A20 / M20 as an alternative.

The first phase started on Monday 5 August with preparation work and repairs to the concrete underneath the structure.

Notes to Editors

1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and other strategic roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.

2. Maintenance and improvement projects: We plan maintenance and improvement projects carefully to allow road works to be completed safely, in a cost effective way while keeping disruption to road users to a minimum. We do as much work as possible overnight and when roads are less busy in order to keep more lanes open for road users at peak travel times. Drivers are advised to check their route for road works and allow extra time for their journeys where needed. We have a variety of journey planning tools that road users can use to check travel conditions on the roads we manage, and we will do all we can to keep road users informed.

3. Safety at roadworks: The Highways Agency is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of road workers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:

- Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.
- Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.
- Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
- Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
- Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.
- Observe all signs – they are there to help you.

4. Real-time traffic information for England’s motorways and other strategic roads is available:

- From the web at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic.
- By phone from the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 at any time. (Calls to 0300 numbers will cost no more than 5p per minute from a standard BT residential landline. Call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary, but will be no more than a standard geographic call and will be included in all inclusive minutes and discount schemes). Make sure it’s safe and legal before you call. Before using any mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency.
- On an iPhone app which will automatically select the region you are in. Free to download from the iTunes store or search for Highways Agency on your device.
- From Twitter – there are eight feeds with live traffic information provided by region. For information on roads in the south east region follow us @HAtraffic_seast or for the full index visit www.highways.gov.uk/twitter.

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