QEII Dartford - Thurrock River Crossing Joint Replacement Works

Project status:   Current


Start date:   6 April 2013
End date:  Spring 2015


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

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What is happening?

We are replacing the expansion joints on the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) bridge.

When and where is this happening?

Work started on 6 April 2013 and is due to be complete in March 2015. 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, Kent in the south, with Thurrock, Essex in the north.

Why is this happening and what will it cost?

This work is required because the bridge joints are now approaching the end of their serviceable life and need to be replaced. The estimated cost of the works is approximately £3 million.

How will the scheme be carried out?

We will be replacing six expansion joints on the bridge while keeping it open to traffic. In order to replace the joints, the existing ones need to be removed and changes made to the joint/structure connections to accommodate the latest joint design.

A temporary ramp will be installed over each joint while work is taking place. Drivers may notice a change in the look of the carriageway, but the changes will have minimal effect on the ride quality and safety will not be compromised. The ramps will be removed once work has been completed in each section.

What are the benefits?

The durability of the structure will be improved once the works are complete, 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 ?

More information will be posted on this project page as it becomes available. You can subscribe to be alerted when updates are made.

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 scheduled roadworks are provided to help you plan your journey. Please note that works are weather- and resource- dependent and may need to be cancelled at short notice. This information is not updated in real time so please check Traffic England for current traffic conditions. Diversion timings are approximate and act as a guide only.

Will there be roadworks?

Roadworks will be required in order to undertake this work safely and efficiently.

From 6 April there will be various lane closures on the QEII Bridge. At least one lane will remain open during these closures, and motorists should expect minimal delays. These works will take place overnight on weekday evenings.

On a number of Saturday nights, full closures of the QEII Bridge will be required and traffic will be diverted through the Dartford Crossing east bore tunnel during these closures. Closures have been planned to take place overnight when traffic flows are at their lowest to reduce the potential impact on the travelling public.

Road Works

DateDurationDetailsAllow an Extra
Saturday 8 March8pm to 10amFull closure of QEII Bridge - joint replacement works. Also the M25 J31 entry slip road will be closed10 minutes
Saturday 26 April8pm to 10amFull closure of QEII Bridge - joint replacement works. Also the M25 J31 entry slip road will be closed10 minutes
Saturday 17 May10pm to 5amFull closure of QEII Bridge - joint replacement works. Also the M25 J31 entry slip road will be closed10 minutes
Saturday 31 May8pm to 10amFull closure of QEII Bridge - joint replacement works. Also the M25 J31 entry slip road will be closed10 minutes
Saturday 14 June8pm to 10amFull closure of QEII Bridge - ramp installation works. Also the M25 J31 entry slip road will be closed10 minutes
Saturday 16 August8pm to 10amFull closure of QEII Bridge - joint replacement works. Also the M25 J31 entry slip road will be closed10 minutes
Saturday 30 August8pm to 10amFull closure of QEII Bridge - joint replacement works. Also the M25 J31 entry slip road will be closed10 minutes
Saturday 20 September10pm to 5amFull closure of QEII Bridge - joint replacement works. Also the M25 J31 entry slip road will be closed10 minutes
Saturday 4 October8pm to 10amFull closure of QEII Bridge - ramp removal works. Also the M25 J31 entry slip road will be closed10 minutes

How will you manage traffic?

No speed restrictions will be needed so traffic will be able to move through the works at the existing speed limit. Ramps will be in place over the joints that are being worked on, but these will have minimal effect on the ride quality and safety will not be compromised. There will be no lane restrictions or complete closures during the day.

Will there be diversions?

A clearly signed diversion will be in place during full closures. Traffic will be diverted through the Dartford east bore tunnel.