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Bridge repairs on Langley Vale Road, Epsom Downs

Coronavirus: how the outbreak is affecting our roadworks and maintenance

Surrey County Council is changing its roadworks programme to help keep its workers and the public safe during the coronavirus restrictions. More information and updates can be found on our roadworks coronavirus page.

What we are doing

We are carrying out essential concrete repairs on Epsom Bridge and retaining walls on Langley Vale Road, Epsom Downs.

We will be replacing the deteriorated areas of concrete to extend the life of the bridge.

Road closure - 20 May for 2 nights (8pm to 6am)

Langley Vale Road will need to be closed for two nights to allow us to seal cracks in the bottom surface of the bridge, above the road.

The sealant material will be pumped in with pressure. The road closure is required to ensure no vehicles are damaged by any sealant that could leak out in unexpected places.

The road will reopen each day and two-way traffic lights will remain in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the remaining two weeks of this scheme.

Works overview

Having taken time to review our roadworks operations during the current government restrictions, we are recommencing more of our essential works. These works therefore re-started on Monday 27 April and will take approximately six weeks to complete.

We are working with all of our contractors and others working on the road to ensure government hygiene and strict social distancing rules are applied in order to protect both staff and the public.

The road will be open with two-way temporary lights in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The lights will be manually controlled between 6:30am to 9am and 3pm to 7pm (Monday to Saturday) to minimise congestion, balance queues and avoid clashes with the traffic lights on Ashley Road.

Due to the narrow width of the road, we do not have sufficient space to maintain pedestrian access through the works area safely. Access for pedestrians will be maintained via a signed diversion.

Please note: the concrete will be removed with a high pressure water jet which will generate a lot of noise (a high pitched noise over 70 decibels).

Can the traffic lights and barriers be removed at night?

For operational reasons, the temporary traffic lights and the safety barrier will need to remain in place 24/7 for the duration of the works. This is because the barrier that has been set up on the road is made up of clay and sandbags to soak up the standing water generated from the high-pressure jet works.

It would not be possible to remove and replace this each day because this would significantly reduce the number of hours we can work in a day, therefore extending the overall duration of the works.

Equestrian information

Due to the high levels of noise in the area, we will be putting up signs on the nearby bridleways/footpaths to advise equestrians to please seek alternative routes and avoid the area during the noisiest works.

Noisiest works taking place

  • Monday to Friday – 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday – 8am to 1pm
  • Sunday – No works taking place

We are permitted to undertake works that do not exceed 70 decibels outside of these hours (except Sundays). We therefore recommend avoiding bringing horses near the works area. We have coordinated with the racecourse and local stables to avoid disrupting their training and racing schedules.

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