M2 Closure J6 - J7 Both Directions, Kent. Tuesday 02 December 2014
The M2 was closed in both directions (London-bound and coast-bound) between J6 and J7 due to an incident involving a HGV (car transporter) which over turned after crossing over the central reservation barrier.
The M2 in Kent was closed around 18:20 on Tuesday 2nd December following an incident involving 2 cars and a HGV (Car Transporter) which was fully laden. As a result of this incident, the HGV crossed through the central reservation barrier from the London-bound carriageway onto the Coast-bound and over turned shedding part of its load. Significant damage was subsequently caused to the central reservation barrier amounting to a distance of approximately 240 meters in length.
Kent Police took overall control of the incident, and the Highways Agency had Traffic Officers and contractors on scene also. Protracted recovery work and clean up operations ensued, and due to the significant barrier damage it was readily apparent that the M2 would not be fully reopened for some time. There were severe delays due to this incident , however implementation of a symbol led diversion via the A2 and A251 and over head gantry signs advising traffic on the M25 to use the M26 and M20 as an alternative route, helped to reduce these delays. We also had to deal with the trapped traffic caught within the closure and this was achieved around 20:30. A small number of broken down vehicles remained within the closure after this but recovery trucks were requested to remove these.
We were able able to open one lane on the coast bound carriageway at approximately 22:15 and one lane on the London– bound carriageway some time later around 04:08 the following morning (3rd December 2014). This was due the vehicles involved in the incident being situated on this carriageway (London bound) and recovery operations being carried out throughout the early hours of the morning to remove them.
Repairs to the damaged central reservation barrier were exacerbated by the fact that the damaged posts were set in concrete and needed to be removed before being replaced with new ones. Some 56 lengths of barrier were needed to to be replaced to make the road safe to use again. Overnight temperatures were low resulting in extra time being required for the concrete to cure.
We removed the lane closure on the coast bound carriageway at approx 15:00 on the 4th and the London bound lane closure was removed at 21:00 on the same day once the installation of the replacement barrier was completed.
For the safety of road users there was a 50 mph temporary speed limit in place until Saturday 6th December whilst the new concrete foundation of the replacement barrier was curing.
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