Sandwich Tollbridge Closure

Sandwich Toll Bridge Refurbishment – Latest Update from Kent County Council 26th March 2020

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, Kent County Council has postponed the planned works to refurbish Sandwich Toll bridge that were due to commence under road closure on Monday 30th March 2020.

A revised date for the works has not yet been set but it is hoped that it will be later this year.

Kent County Council service delivery is now under continual review. While Highways is not generally affected at this time, it may be necessary to prioritise work which could see routine and non-safety critical enquiries taking longer to be resolved than usual.  We will continue to ensure any dangerous or emergency matters are given highest priority.

We appreciate many residents will have questions and we will try and answer as many of those as possible, please read our your questions answered page - https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-your-questions-answered

For the very latest information on our services, be sure to check our service updates page - https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-service-updates

Previous Updates from Kent County Council:

Subject: (200326o) Sandwich Toll Bridge Refurbishments - Latest Update

Things have moved very rapidly since my last update on 16th March when I confirmed that we still hoped to commence the refurbishment to Sandwich Toll works as planned starting on 30th March.  Unfortunately, the ongoing spread and attempts control the Coronavirus makes this impossible so we have now postponed for the foreseeable future.

 

Latest on our proposed toll bridge refurbishment works for your information.

Sandwich Toll Bridge Refurbishment – Latest Update

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, Kent County Council has postponed the planned works to refurbish Sandwich Toll bridge that were due to commence under road closure on Monday 30th March 2020.

A revised date for the works has not yet been set but it is hoped that it will be later this year.

 

Kent County Council service delivery is now under continual review. While Highways is not generally affected at this time, it may be necessary to prioritise work which could see routine and non-safety critical enquiries taking longer to be resolved than usual.  We will continue to ensure any dangerous or emergency matters are given highest priority.

 

We appreciate many residents will have questions and we will try and answer as many of those as possible, please read our your questions answered page - https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-your-questions-answered

 

For the very latest information on our services, be sure to check our service updates page - https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-service-updates

 

We will be in touch again as soon as the position becomes clearer.

 

Highways Asset Management | Kent County Council | Ashford Highway Depot | Tel: 03000 413675

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KCC Update - Sandwich Toll Bridge

 

The original road closure for the refurbishment of the bridge had been programmed for 17 February for a period of 7 weeks. It had always been intended that the emergency works on the A256 would be progressed to allow it to be opened before any closure of the bridge was undertaken. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond Kent County Council’s control the bridge works on the 17 February have had to be postponed as Southern Water’s emergency works have now been extended.

 

KCC are actively working with the  contractors on the A256 to get an early resolution of the situation. At present planning is being undertaken to recommence the bridge closure on 30 March but this is subject to confirmation and progress of the A256 emergency works.

 

KCC have confirmed that further updates will be issued as the emergency works progress and Sandwich Town Council have requested an update from Southern Water which will be posted on this website as soon as this is received.


Sandwich Toll Bridge No.1693, Sandwich
Swing Bridge Refurbishment Works
Kent County Council is intending to carry out essential maintenance works on Sandwich Toll Bridge in Sandwich from 17th February 2020. These works are vital to ensure reliable and efficient operation of the swing bridge and the safety of the Highway and river navigation now and in the future. The duration of the works will be 7 weeks.


Where are the works taking place?
Sandwich Toll Bridge is located the north end of the High Street and carries Ramsgate Road over the River Stour.
The works will take place at the bridge site and at a separate KCC yard.
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Why are the works necessary?
Over the years the mechanical and electrical components that enable to the bridge to operate as a swing bridge have deteriorated and they have now reached the end of their serviceable life and need to be replaced. The refurbishment works will ensure that the bridge remains safe and operational for both Highway and river navigation.


What do the works involve?
The bridge deck will be removed and transported to a yard to facilitate the works. The mechanical and electrical components at the bridge site and on the deck will be replaced and the opportunity will be taken to clean and repaint the bridge deck for maintenance purposes. Upgrades to the swing bridge operational procedures will also be incorporated with the refurbishment works together with repairs to the road.


The road will be closed at the bridge for the for the duration of the works


Where will traffic be diverted during the works?

During the works vehicles will be routed around a diversion route and pedestrians will have a dedicated shuttle bus to transport them around to the other end of the bridge. The bus timetable will operate daily from 06:00 to 24:00. River navigation will be maintained without restrictions whilst the bridge is removed.


Works on the A256
Although the work by Southern Water is continuing on the A256 at present, pressure is being kept on them to get this work done and the road open as soon as possible. These works and the closure of the bridge will not run concurrently.


Where can I find our more information about the works?
If you have any questions, queries or comments before, during or after the works you can log your enquiry in two ways:
Call 03000 41 81 81 and speak to a member of our Contact Point Team.
If one of our agents is unable to help you they will log an enquiry and arrange for a member of the
Structures Team to contact you directly.
https://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/
To receive email updates on the Sandwich Toll Bridge works from Dover District Council, sign up for Keep Me Posted from Dover District Council www.dover.gov.uk/keepmeposted
Until the works are completed it is inevitable that residents and businesses near to the site will experience some disruption but we will try to keep this to a minimum.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and cooperation whist we complete these essential works.

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