As part of an enhanced Junction 5, National Highways has begun construction projects on new slip lanes that will connect to and from the M2 motorway in Kent.
As part of the £50 million to £100 million M2 motorway project, a flyover will also be erected on the current Stockbury Roundabout. The roundabout offers access for vehicles exiting and entering the M2 in both directions.
Moreover, two dedicated free-flowing slip lanes will be built. The first is for traffic moving from the A249 southbound to the M2 westbound. The second, on the other hand, is for traffic moving from the A249 northbound to the M2 eastbound.
Section of the M2 motorway in Kent to be closed
For four months, eastbound traffic will not be able to enter or exit the motorway. The change according to National Highways would lessen disturbance and keep workers and drivers safer. However, it will delay certain journeys by up to 15 minutes.
During the closures, motorists should utilize the M2 westbound to Junction 4 and then head back to the M2 eastbound. According to National Highways, this will extend travel times by about 10 to 12 minutes. It will take an additional 15 minutes for eastbound M2 cars to reach the Stockbury roundabout. This is by exiting at Junction 3 and traveling via the A229, M20, and A249 instead.
Although access from the M2 eastbound to the A249 northbound, which is now made possible by a dedicated slip road, will temporarily be made possible by the Stockbury roundabout until the dedicated slip opens in spring 2023, both eastbound slip roads will reopen in January.
Closure of Oad Street and the A249
The existing intersection of Oad Street and the A249 will be closed as part of the M2 motorway project, and a new link will be built to connect with the Stockbury Roundabout. Maidstone Road to the Stockbury Roundabout will also be closed and rerouted to link with Oad Street.
Oad Street was also closed by National Highways on September 12 to October 10 in order to complete the widening project. It claimed to have reviewed its workflow in order to shorten this closure. Additionally, it claimed that the white lines on the Stockbury roundabout had been “refreshed” overnight in response to comments from the neighborhood and stakeholders.
According to a spokeswoman, the work was added to the M2 project to minimize inconvenience.