Message from Surrey County Council:
Sarah J Smith – Partnership Committee Officer – Mole Valley and Reigate & Banstead
The essential refurbishment of Mole Bridge – Young Street is expected to take 8 weeks in total. Some elements of the work will require a full road closure and include: replacing kerbs, carriageway and verge surfacing, waterproofing the concrete bridge deck, replacing the bridge expansion joints and refurbishment of bridge bearings (supports).
The waterproofing and joints must be completed continuously to avoid any joins. This will prevent water and road salt ingress and ensures the decks durability. A road closure is also necessary for these kind of works to ensure a safe working environment for the operatives due to the narrow width of the carriageway.
The remainder of the repairs can be carried out under normal traffic management (without the need for a road closure) and consist of parapet refurbishment which are estimated to take 3 weeks.
These essential repairs to the bridge will prevent further deterioration and avoid more expensive and lengthy repairs in the future.
This scheme was originally planned to commence in April 2018 but was postponed until the summer when traffic volumes are reduced and schools are on holiday. Whist we appreciate that Beech Avenue is closed for water mains replacement works at the same time it was considered preferable to carry out both works at the same time when the roads are quietest.
The proposal to make Chapel Lane one-way is intended to deter drivers from using Chapel Lane as an unofficial diversion route. Several residents living along the road have highlighted this to us as a concern, stating that they have been unable to get out of their homes when traffic diverts off the A24.
Following consultation with the County Member and comments received from residents the following range of options are proposed as a contingency only in the event that Chapel Lane is used excessively as an unofficial diversion route whilst Young Street is closed.
- One way closure southbound
- One way closure northbound
(between Ranmore Common Road & Polesden Road)
We have also applied for a Full closure of Chapel Lane to be used if required.
If any of the options above are implemented two way traffic will always be maintained along Westhumble Street and Chapel Lane from the junction with A24 to the junction with Ranmore Common Rd and between Dorking Road from the junction with Chapel Lane to the junction A246 – Leatherhead Road.
We will also put additional weight restriction signs at each end of the road to reinforce this message and signs identifying this route as access only.
If the traffic situation does require implementation of any of the traffic order(s) additional advanced temporary signage will be displayed and operational staff will be stationed on site, and we will work with the local councillor to keep residents updated.
In addition ‘No Waiting’ traffic orders for Chalkpit Lane, Station Road and Ashcombe Road have also been applied for as a contingency. These roads are part of the official diversion route and there is a potential for traffic to become congested along this section of the diversion route due to parked cars. If parked cars do cause congestion we will work with the local councillor to find a suitable solution and keep residents informed.