In line with government advice, our highway maintenance works are vital in keeping roads open, key workers and emergency services moving, deliveries flowing, and safeguarding the provision of utility services to support the NHS, local communities, homes and businesses.
Kent County Council is prioritising essential works to enable a fully functioning network, ensuring that life-saving medicine, equipment, supplies and healthcare staff can travel across the country to where they are needed most, whilst considering the risk to both our workforce and the public.
We take the wellbeing of the public and our workforce extremely seriously, and please be assured we have put in place all mitigating measures necessary to abide by the guidance currently in place.
We ask that whilst works are ongoing that you do not approach the workforce and if you have any enquiries regarding these are raised through the Kent County Council contact centre on 03000 41 81 81 Mon to Fri 09:00 to 17:00.
For the safety of both you and our workforce please do not approach our workforce on site.
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 reinstating the High Friction Surfacing on Birchwood Road between the junction of B2173 Maidstone Road and Stonehill Green.
These road surface improvement works are programmed to start on the 20th May 2020 and should take 1 night to complete.
These activities will be undertaken between the hours of 19:00 and 06:00.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and uncertainty there is a risk these works could be cancelled at any time.
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, B2173 Bartholomew Way, B268 Swanley Lane, B258 High Road, A225 Hawley Road, Oakfield Lane, Leyton cross Road, Birchwood Road and vice versa
What we plan to do
following completion of the recent resurfacing, all associated road markings will be re-painted and High friction surfacing replaced.
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
How you can help us
It is inevitable that residents and businesses near the works will experience some disruption and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused, but we will try to keep this to a minimum.
Restricted Access to residential properties and all businesses up to the closure point, will be available, when safe to do so, but if you have any access needs, please let the workforce on site know whilst keeping your distance.
Access to properties between the closure points will need to be restricted for a short period while work is carried out in front of each property and across road junctions.
Traffic Management operatives will be available to help direct traffic within the closure.
We need your help to make sure the work is done as quickly as possible and to the best possible quality.
If your vehicle is usually parked on the carriageway, please make sure you park it somewhere else away from the site whilst the works are carried out, so the road is clear for us to resurface.
For your safety and the safety of our workforce, please drive carefully and slowly through the roadworks.
How to contact us?
If you need more information, you can visit our website www.kent.gov.uk/resurfacingupdates to find out how we look after the roads throughout Kent or report any faults you find on our roads.
Alternatively, you can call us on 03000 41 81 81.