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News article entitled Brunswick Road Industrial Estate - concrete bay replacement

Brunswick Road Industrial Estate - concrete bay replacement

Published: 29/07/2021

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 replacing and repairing some concrete bays, and resealing concrete joints throughout Brunswick Road, between A28 Chart Road and Carlton Road.

These road surface improvement works are programmed to start on Thursday 5th August 2021 and should take 4 weeks to complete. Most of the work will be completed under a night-time road closure between the hours of 8:30pm and 05:00am each evening, with temporary traffic lights used the following day to ensure the concrete can cure.

However, for the first weekend only (Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August) there will also be a daytime closure of Brunswick Road between the A28 Chart Road and the Household Waste Recycling Centre access road. This is so that a large area of reconstruction can be undertaken at this junction.

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

The work will be split into two phases

Phase 1 (Weekend daytime/ evening work- 7th and 8th August) – between the A28 Chart Road and the Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Access to the Brunswick Road Estate (including the Household Waste Recycling Centre) will be via Hilton Road or Carlton Road..

Phase 2 – between the Household Waste Recycling Centre and Carlton Road.

Access to the Brunswick Estate between 8.30pm and 5am will be via A28 Chart Road or Carlton Road as work progresses throughout. Access during the day will be maintained from either direction by using temporary two-way traffic lights to allow the concrete to cure and gain strength.

What we plan to do:

We will be removing the failed concrete slabs in complete sections. The slab will then be replaced using a rapid cure cement to accelerate the curing process. Temporary traffic management (2-way lights) will be used the following day to ensure that the slab is fully cured and protected from traffic.

More information of the rapid bay replacement can be found online at www.lmshighways.co.uk/uk-civil-projects-uk.php 

Finally, following completion of the slab replacement, joints between the slabs will be renewed where required, ironwork will be reset and road markings re-painted.

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 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 at night to 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 businesses 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 section.

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/highways 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.

WARNING – Beware Bogus Callers

Kent County Council Highways, Transportation and Waste do not allow works to be carried out on private properties. If anyone says they are working for us or our specialist contractors and offer to carry out any work for cash, they should be treated with caution. We advise you to contact Citizen’s Advice on 03444 111 444 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm)