This road project has now been completed. This page will be available for 6 months from the date of scheme completion, after which time you will only be able to access this information on The National Archive version of this page.

QEII Dartford - Thurrock River Crossing Joint Replacement Works

Project status:   Completed

Start date:   6 April 2013
End date:  December 2014

Type:   Maintenance Scheme
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Maintenance Scheme

Part of our ongoing programme of work to maintain England's strategic road network

Cost:  £3 million

Managed by:   Area 5


The main works for this scheme have now been completed, excluding rib line works, which will take place overnight 25th November. No additional lane closures will be in place for these works. 

Where was the project located?

We have replaced the expansion joints on the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) bridge.

The first phase of work started in April 2013 and was completed in October 2013. The second and final phase began in February 2014 and was completed in October 2014. The QEII Bridge forms part of the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing, which is a major crossing of the river Thames just outside Greater London. The crossing links Dartford and Kent in the south, with Thurrock and Essex in the north.

Why was the scheme needed?

This work was required because the bridge joints were approaching the end of their serviceable life and needed to be replaced. The estimated cost of the works was approximately £3 million.


What work was carried out?

We successfully replaced three joints on the northern side of the bridge in 2013, and the works in 2014 replaced the three joints on the southern side of the bridge. We made use of overnight lane closures on the QEII Bridge on weekdays to allow some works to take place. Traffic was able to continue to use at least one lane on the QEII Bridge whilst these lane restrictions were in place. On occasional Saturday nights, we had full closures of the QEII Bridge overnight between 10pm and 5am to allow more complex works to take place. We also required extended hours closures on other Saturday nights to alllow larger scale works to take place, between the hours of 8pm and 10am.


How did this benefit road users?

The durability of the structure has been improved now the works have been completed, with the new joints expected to last 45 years. By completing the work now, we will eliminate the need to do these works under short notice emergency closures in the future, which would cause more disruption to motorists using the crossing

How do I find out more information ?

If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing ha_​info@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk or calling 0300 123 5000.

Details of when we plan to close the QEII Bridge for this project can be found on the 'Journey Impact' tab, above.