Phase two of the East Kent Access Improvement Scheme is the biggest highway project ever under-taken by Kent County Council.
It provides 8km (five miles) of dual carriageway around the Isle of Thanet reducing traffic congestion, providing journey time reliability improving connectivity with the ports of Dover, Ramsgate and Kent International Airport.
At the heart of this project was the innovative de-sign and build of two key structures, the underpass at Cliffsend and the over-rail bridge at Cottington Road which was constructed during night possessions. This two-span concrete integral bridge, carrying the new dual carriageway, was built over Network Rail’s Channel Tunnel rail link, local high speed rail infrastructure and a local road. The reinforced concrete structure was constructed on piled foundations behind a safety screen to address the soft ground conditions.
Cottington Bridge Case Study