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A2070 Bad Munstereifel Road in Ashford to close for Church Road footbridge work

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Contractors are preparing to shut a major route to install a new footbridge this weekend.

The A2070 in Ashford will close in both directions overnight from Saturday to Sunday for the installation of the Church Road footbridge.

It comes after the former crossing was demolished last June as part of the M20 Junction 10a improvement works.

Part of the footbridge along the A2070. Picture: Highways England (11300898)
Part of the footbridge along the A2070. Picture: Highways England (11300898)

A mobile crane will be used to install the new footbridge - which will be accessible to pedestrians this autumn.

Construction work will commence at 8pm on Saturday and finish at 10am on Sunday.

The footbridge installation will be rescheduled to June 8 and 9 if the work is disrupted due to bad weather.

Diversion routes will be in place during the closure and traffic will be redirected along the A2042 and through Ashford.

How the Church Road footbridge will look (10909173)
How the Church Road footbridge will look (10909173)

Ashford Retail Park, Barrey Road and Church Road will still be accessible during the works as the stretch of A2070 leading from the Orbital Park Roundabout will be open as usual. Drivers will be escorted from Orbital Park roundabout as far as their turning off the A2070.

Vehicles travelling along Church Road may be required to wait for a few minutes while access is provided across the roadworks.

The installation is part of Highway England's multimillion-pound Junction 10a scheme, which is set to be accessible to motorists later this year. The road scheme is expected to be completed by summer 2020.

Demolition of the former footbridge. Picture: Paul Amos
Demolition of the former footbridge. Picture: Paul Amos

Lane closures and a 40mph speed limit on the A2070 are due to remain in place until the work is finished in late this year.

The long-awaited Barrey Road traffic lights will be installed at a junction dubbed a "death trap" this autumn.

Highways bosses had previously announced that they would pay for signals at the Barrey Road junction in Sevington - which links the A2070 Bad Munstereifel Road with the Ashford Retail Park - after a road safety audit found that they were the best option.

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