The A2 highway in Southern England is considered the most important roadway in the UK. Connecting London to the coastal port of Dover, it is a lifeline for the British economy by providing a direct link to seaports across continental Europe. In recent years communities along the A2 have been growing which has put added stress on the roadway. For example, a new project in nearby Ebbsfleet Garden City will see 15,000 new homes being constructed over the next few years.
Traffic modeling done by Highways England showed that without immediate infrastructure upgrades the area would become increasingly congested causing dire environmental consequences. By increasing capacity along the A2 Highways England hopes to decrease commuting times, which in turn will support future economic development both locally and nationally.
Between the cities of Dartford and Gravesend, a number of large-scale projects have been planned including the replacement of the existing Bean Lane Bridge. In order to create the new overpass a small section of the A2 had to be closed for 2 days. Gigantic beams manufactured North of Leeds in Darlington, had to be installed with the help of a huge crane that was the entire width of the highway. Because the A2 is such an important highway, a lot of thought went into identifying an installation time that would cause the least amount of disruption possible.
Highways England captured the installation of the new overpass beams using the Brinno BCC200 Construction CameraPro. By sharing time lapses of local infrastructure projects HighwaysEngland show taxpayers how money is being used to improve roadways across England.
Last year long-time Brinno user Anna Glynnrecorded a similar project in South Australia with her BCC200. Read about the project here.