B258 High Street, Swanley.

When we plan to carry out the work and how long it will take
This is to let you know that, as part of the on-going maintenance and improvement of the highway network, Kent County Council will be resurfacing High Street, Swanley between the junction of Goldsel Road and Nightingale Way.

These road surface improvement works are programmed to start on the 6th April 2020 and should take 5 nights to complete (excluding Easter Bank holiday weekend).

These activities will be undertaken between the hours of 20:00 and 06:00 each night.

This type of work can be affected by bad weather, so if it is not possible for us to carry it out at this time, we will arrange a new date and let you know via a letter drop to your home.

We will also put up signs along the road, before we start, showing the date we plan to start work.

During these essential works it will be necessary to close the road completely so that we can carry out the works safely for both the workforce and road users.

The diversion route will be via B2173 London Road, A20 London Road, A225 Dartford Road, A225 Main Road, A225 Hawley Road, B258 Church Hill, B258 High Road, B258 Barn End Lane, B258 Top Dartford Road, B258 Main Road, B258 Swanley Lane and vice versa.

What we plan to do
We will remove the existing road surface by a method known as milling.

The complete area will then be swept by a mechanical sweeper to ensure the prepared surface is clean and free of dust and debris.

If required, the existing manhole covers, and rain water gully gratings will be adjusted or replaced to the correct level before the new surface is laid.

Please note that this operation is noisy and can be prolonged as it is carried out using pneumatic hand tools.

The new surfacing material will then be laid using a machine called a paver and compacted with a roller.

This is a quick process and dependant on the design will either be a one or two-layer process. Finally, following completion of the surfacing, all associated road markings will be re-painted. The road will then be re-opened.

Please note that during the whole process, audible warning reversing sirens will be heard along with flashing beacons; this is a health and safety requirement and cannot be turned off but will be kept to a minimum.

Why are we doing this work?
The majority of capital investment in maintaining our highway network is funded through various capital maintenance grants from the Government.

To make best use of that finite resource we carry out condition surveys and inspections, using a combination of mechanical and visual means, together with an assessment of local needs, and that helps to inform an annual capital works programme that balances value for money and our duties under the Highways Act 1980.

Our approach to highways asset management is based on using robust data to inform how we invest the funds available, so that we spend the right amount of money at the right time to reduce the cost of maintenance overall.

Further details of our works programmes and our approach to highways asset management more generally can be found at www.kent.gov.uk.