Swanley Town Council

Bartholemew Way, Swanley – Resurfacing

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 Bartholomew Way from Swanley Lane to London Road including London Road Roundabout.

The Resurfacing work will be carried out on Saturday 10th March 2018 and should take 3 nights to complete, between the hours of 21:00 and 06:00.

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.

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 or rainwater 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 high friction surfacing and traffic signal loops where necessary will be reinstated and 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; 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 can you help?
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.

An alternative diversion route will be signed while the road is closed.

The diversion route will be via London Road, Birchwood Road, Leyton Cross Road, Oakfield Lane, Common Lane, High Road, Barn End Lane, B258 Top Dartford Road, B258 Main Road, and B258 Swanley Lane.

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.

Access to properties will need to berestricted for a short period while work is carried out in front of each property.

If you have any particular access needs, please let the workforce on the site know.

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.

If you need more information, please call us on 03000 418181.

You can also visit our website www.kent.gov.uk/highways to find out how we look after the roads throughout Kent or report any faults you find on our roads.

For your safety and the safety of our workforce, please drive carefully and slowly through the roadworks.