News | New footbridge over the M20
Date Posted: 12th November 2018
Work to install a new footbridge linking communities in Ashford across the M20 will be carried out over the last weekend in November.
A brand new footbridge at Kingsford Street, near Ashford, will be installed over the weekend (23-26 November), following a closure of the M20 near Maidstone the previous weekend to install an upgraded footbridge.
The bridge will span more than 58m (190ft) over the motorway, and will help people to cross the motorway by foot or by bicycle. The two bridges are being installed as part of two multi-million-pound upgrades under construction on the M20. To complete the work safely, sections of the M20 will be closed each weekend while the installation is being carried out.
The new bridge has been built by local company Nusteel Structures in Hythe and weighs in at 45 tonnes. 20 people were involved in its construction, which took 6 weeks to build.
Karen Davies, Chair of the Kent Corridor Coordination Group, said:
"Upgrading the M20 should not mean making the motorway a barrier to people who live along it. These footbridges will help make it easier to get to schools, hospitals, shops, homes and train stations without using a car. They are a key part of improvements we are making along the M20 to help make the county a better place to live, visit and do business in.
"We appreciate that roadworks can be disruptive, and we are working hard to keep all our improvements along the M20 closely coordinated. By completing these significant milestones at weekends we hope to keep disruption to a minimum, and we are grateful to people for their patience."
The Kingsford Street bridge will replace Highfield bridge and is part of a project to create a new junction on the M20 near Ashford, junction 10a. The new bridge will link Kingsford Street to the A20 Hythe Road and is designed for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians. The central span of the bridge will be installed over the weekend of 24-25 November and is expected to be fully opened next summer.
While the installation takes place, the M20 will be closed coastbound between 9 and 11 and Londonbound between junctions 11 and 10 from 8pm on Saturday 24 November to 10am on Sunday 25 November.
Signposted diversions will be in place to ensure the most suitable routes around the closed M20 with signs on the M20, M25 & M26 to encourage through traffic to be diverted well away from the Ashford region.