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Resurfacing A249 Sittingbourne Road

March 14, 2017 11:42 AM

Highway Improvements in Your Area Resurfacing A249 Sittingbourne Road,

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Maidstone 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 maintenance and improvement of the highway, Kent County Council will be resurfacing the northbound A249 Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone between the Kent County Showground and the northbound services.

Please be aware that these works are part of a wider maintenance and asset management initiative and due to this the entirety of the A249 Sittingbourne Road will be closed between the M20 and the M2 via separate northbound and southbound closures. The resurfacing works will be carried out on the 20th March 2017 and should take 5 nights to complete between the hours of 21.00 - 06.00.

The closure for these works will affect the entire northbound carriageway between the M20 junction 7 and the M2 junction 5. 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 also have signs along the road before we start showing the date we plan to start work. Please also be aware that Kent County Council will also then close the southbound A249 Sittingbourne Road, between the M2 junction 5 to the M20 junction 7, to undertake non-resurfacing improvements on the 27th March 2017 for 5 nights between 21:00 - 06:00

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 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; this is a health and safety requirement and cannot be turned off but will be kept to a minimum. How you can 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 footways will remain open at all times. 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 be restricted 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 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.