Bexley Village road to remain closed for another four weeks during bridge works
PUBLISHED: 16:29 11 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:29 11 March 2016
The road is currently closed to motorists
Works on Bexley Village bridge will lead to another four weeks of closures at the old Mill site, due to complications with the original foundations.
The road has been closed to motorists since February 22, when work to demolish the old deck of bridge began.
A council spokesperson said: “The unavoidable delay in re-opening the road is due to complications with the original foundations of the old bridge, the need to pile the new foundations to a depth of 20 metres, and complexities around temporarily diverting a large Thames Water sewer pipe which was an integral part of the old bridge structure.”
While the road is not expected to reopen until late April, local businesses will remain open.
Traffic will continue to be diverted via the A2. The northbound diversion will be via Vicarage Road, Dartford Road, Old Bexley Lane, the A2 and Bourne Road. The southbound diversion will be via Bourne Road, the A2, Old Bexley Lane, Dartford Road and Vicarage Road.
The road will re-open to southbound traffic only towards the end of April. Northbound traffic will continue to be diverted until the work finishes in June 2016.
During the road closure the 492, 601 and B12 bus routes will be diverted and the bus stops in use will change. Those who normally travel to Bexley Village on bus routes 492, 601 and B12 will need to change to route 132 or 229 at bus stops E and F on Gravel Hill during the road closure. There will be a temporary school crossing patrol available to help students cross between these bus stops on Gravel Hill at peak school journey times in the morning and evening.
Despite the setback, the works are expected to finish by June, a month ahead of the planned schedule.