DRIVERS are being advised to plan ahead and leave extra time during their journeys this weekend due to a planned overnight closure of the Dartford Crossing.
The Queen Elizabeth II bridge, A282 Dartford-Thurrock river crossing will be closed overnight for essential maintenance and repairs as part of work ahead of the winter period from 10:00pm Saturday 10 December until 10:00am on Sunday 11 December 2022.
Southbound traffic will be diverted via the east tunnel while the bridge is closed, with northbound traffic using the west tunnel as normal. For vehicles between 4.8m (15‘-9”) and 5.0m (16’-6”) high that are approaching from the Kent side of the crossing, an alternative diversion will be in place via the M25 clockwise.
While the crossing is closed contractors will be replacing a bearing at the base of one of the bridge’s four 84-metre-high pylons. The bearings play a crucial role in transferring load from the bridge deck, and they also allow for thermal movement of the bridge as it expands and contracts in different temperatures. These bearings have become worn over time, so they’re being replaced to help keep journeys safe and maintained over the next several decades.
An extensive maintenance programme is currently underway at the Dartford Crossing which means overnight closures are in place regularly. For those who want to stay up to date on this work visit, www.nationalhighways.co.uk/our-roads/south-east/a282-dartford-crossing-maintenance-and-repairs
Further information about scheduled roadworks and events in the Southeast can be found on Twitter. Further advice for goods vehicles and abnormal loads planning on using the Dartford Crossing can be viewed here.