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The A229 near Maidstone has been closed due to concerns about a bridge collapse

Prepare for traffic chaos in Maidstone, as six Kent Police officers were called to the scene around 9.30 p.m. on Saturday. The bad news is that if the leak is severe, the road will most likely remain closed until at least Monday. KCC has dispatched a structural engineer to conduct an inspection.

Due to surface water concerns, the A229 Linton Road in Loose, near Maidstone, has been closed in both directions. The closure was first announced on Saturday, shortly before 10 p.m.

Linton Road is closed both ways between the junctions for Rosemount Close and Old Loose Hill due to reports of natural spring water seeping through a bridge crossing Salts Lane. There was no indication of a reopening date. In the meantime, drivers should seek an alternate route.

Surface water can be seen gushing along the road near Rosemount’s Old Loose Hill. Natural spring water has been reported to be seeping through a bridge that crosses Salts Lane halfway along this stretch, raising fears that it will collapse.”