Christmas motorists using the A2 and A282 roads will enjoy a less congested journey as the road improvement scheme near Dartford has been completed, five months early.
The Highways Agency reopened the improved road network yesterday, after having added new link roads, a 470m flyover over the M25, and widening the A2 to four lanes (see NCE 21 June 2007).
The works were finished in time for the Christmas travel rush thanks to the use of the Highways Agency's Quick Movable Barrier system, which sped up the process of installing concrete safety barriers.
Parliamentary under-secretary of state for transport, Tom Harris, attended the opening yesterday, and said: "By using innovative traffic management technology, the Highways Agency and its contractors have finished this scheme five months earlier than planned, bringing significant benefits to the thousands of drivers who use this busy route every day."
The additional roads, linking the A282 (northbound) to the A2 (eastbound) and the A2 (Westbound) to the M25 (Southbound), should improve driver safety conditions as well as journey times.
The contractors for the scheme, Costain, are still working on the nearby widening of the M25.