M20 Junction 10A Kingsford Bridge Installation

The Taylor Woodrow M20 Junction 10A team met their first major installation milestone of the structures programme on the night of the 24th to 25th of November, when they installed the Kingsford Street Footbridge.

The 45 tonne 44m span warren truss footbridge designed and fabricated locally by Nusteel Structures creates a new pedestrian and equestrian route across the M20, connecting Kingsford Street to the A20 Hythe Road. The Kingsford bridge to the east of the new junction 10a will facilitate the segregation of pedestrians from the new interchange bridges and all the demolition of the existing Highfield Lane Bridge currently used at a pedestrian route.

After weeks of hard work and late nights spent onsite pouring concrete for the pile caps and the 6.5m high abutments the reinforced concrete works were completed with a week to spare.
The bridge was successfully landed during a closure of the M20 running from 20:00 on the Saturday night to 10:00 on the Sunday morning. With the full closure only coming into place at 21:15 on the Saturday night, the team worked to remove the temporary safety barrier, rig the 350 tonne crane and get ready for the lift.

The bridge, brought in one section 6 miles away from the Nusteel Structures yard was lifted and fixed into its final position by 1:00 in the morning. This allowed the crane to derig and the road to be opened five and a half hours early which to the testament of the planning by all those involved in the works.