Details Confirmed For A21 Major Maintenance
Details of major work to keep journeys on the A21 near Tonbridge in Kent safe and reliable have been shared by Highways England.
The 10-day operation will see key components on the A21 Medway Viaduct renewed and the full replacement of a subway underneath the dual carriageway.
The A21 will be closed to traffic in both directions between the Sevenoaks Weald Interchange and the Vauxhall Lane Interchange for 10 days, starting at 10pm on Friday 14th February and will run right through until 6am on Monday 24th February.
Peter Phillips, Route Manager for Highways England in the South East, said: “This vital work on the Subway and Viaduct will prolong the life of these structures and provide drivers that use this section of the A21 each day with safer and more reliable journeys for years to come. This 10-day closure is not a decision we have taken lightly and, by carrying out so much work in a single operation, and choosing the half term weekend when traffic is significantly lower, we hope to keep traffic moving as much as possible. However, it is inevitable that residents and businesses near this essential work will experience some disruption. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused and we will do everything to keep this to a minimum.”
Highways England teams have been out meeting people in Watergate in Tonbridge this week to explain the work and answer people’s questions directly. People can also sign up for text message alerts direct to their phone by texting A21CS to 60163.
When the A21 is closed, southbound traffic will be diverted at the Sevenoaks Weald Interchange and should take the second exit to follow the B245 (Hildenborough) to the A227 southbound and then take the second left along Bordyke Road/Hadlow Road. From there, drivers will be directed to follow Cannon Lane/A26 and re-join the A21 southbound at the Vauxhall Lane Interchange.
Northbound traffic will be diverted at the Vauxhall Lane Interchange and will take the third exit at the following roundabout onto the A26.
Drivers will be directed to turn left to join Hadlow Road/ Bordyke Road followed by a right turn to join the A227/B245, following the B245 until Sevenoaks Weald where traffic will then merge onto the A21 northbound via the third exit.
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