Traffic chaos on one of the main roads through the Tandridge District looks likely this summer.
Part of the A22 is to close to vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders from July 24 for eight weeks meaning this section of the road will be blocked off the hundreds of cars, vans and trucks who use it to get to the Edenbridge & Oxted Show near Lingfield on August Bank Holiday weekend.
Surrey County Council will be carrying out drainage improvement work on the A22 north of South Godstone. This location is subject to regular flooding for quite some time and is often deep and dangerous to road users. The flooding often extends across both lanes and vehicles cross the centre lines to avoid the deepest areas, at a point with poor sightlines on a bend.
The reason for the flooding is due to a blocked culvert. This in turn is caused by damaged services leading to the culvert. Unfortunately SCC s ays it will not be able to remove the blockage without excavating the carriageway. This is due to the location and nature of the blockage.
During these works, SCC will replace the existing culvert by excavating the carriageway and installing new pipes in the road. There will be new headwalls at each end of the pipe and a debris grill (trash screen) fitted on the upstream side to prevent large objects entering the pipework and causing further blockages.
There work force will also be addressing an issue where the road is collapsing down the bank – this has not however been caused by the flooding.
A spokesman for the County Council said: “Following inspection of the road, it has been found that the footway is cracking and deformed. There is already a retaining wall but this is has proved inadequate and has failed.
“The road needs to be restrained as it is subsiding and the intention is to build a new retaining structure to provide this support.
“This work is vital to ensure the road does not suffer further damage and subsidence.
“Due to the nature of these works, the road will need to be closed to all traffic, including vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, in both directions. A signed diversion route will be in place.”
The works will take place approximately 50 meters north of the entrance to Wonham Place and will cause disruption to road users and a full road closure and diversion route will be in place.
The nature of the works require a closure of the road to enable them to take place safely. The width of the road and nature of the traffic do not allow the use of traffic signals.
The road closure will be in force at all times due to the deep excavation of the carriageway.
Overgrown trees and vegetation have already been removed. This work took place earlier in the year to avoid the nesting season.
The works will last around 6-8 weeks under a road closure with the completion date being September 18 .
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