Update B258 High Street, Swanley.

We recently wrote regarding the essential works on High Street, Swanley being postponed due the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pause in the program was whilst Kent County Council prioritised schemes and Contractors reviewed working practices in line with the new Government guidelines. These works will now be commencing on the original planned date of 6th April 2020.

We ask that 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 or 03000 41 91 91 at any other time.

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 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 4 nights to complete. 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

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. 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.