A249 Improvements Scheme
As work continues to deliver the road improvements at the A249 Grovehurst Road junction, we would like to provide you with an update.
Works need to begin on the southbound side of the A249, heading towards Stockbury. This includes installing a piling rig, which will be used to lay foundations for the new bridge. To complete this safely, a temporary lane closure needs to be put in place. Instead of the single-lane restriction being in place on the entire length of the Sheppey Crossing, traffic will begin to merge after the entry slip road from the Kingsferry Bridge thereby reducing the length of roadworks required in this direction.
The alteration in the traffic management has been achieved by working with National Highways to review the reduced length, to ensure there are no compromises in public or construction worker safety. A temporary 50mph speed limit will be in place for the length of the roadworks. The alternative traffic management arrangement will reduce the impact on travel time and traffic movements on the Isle of Sheppey, however it is likely that road users will still experience some delays during the morning peak.
The change will be brought in on 8th January 2024 and removed in the summer, although there may need to be additional traffic management later in the project.
Night-time road closures
Please be informed in advance that on Monday 8th January 2024 from 20:00pm – 06:00am, there will be a road closure of the A249 southbound mainline from the start of the Grovehurst exit slip to the end of the southbound Grovehurst entry slip. This is to allow for the installation of barrier to protect the workforce to the A249 mainline of the South Abutment. Diversion for this closure will take traffic up and over at the A249 Grovehurst Junction using the southbound exit slip and to return to the mainline using the southbound entry slip as shown in the diversion drawing attached.
Please be informed in advance that the A249 southbound Sheppey Crossing will also be closed Monday 8th January from 20:00pm -06:00am, this is to allow for the installation of road markings. The diversion route for this closure is to use the southbound Kingsferry bridge, please see diversion drawing attached.