Kent County Council will be working to improve the road surface of A2 High Street, London Road, Hartlip Hill and London Road, Newington, Hartlip and Upchurch between the junctions of High Street, Newington and South Bush Lane/Medway Border.
These road surface improvement works are programmed to start on the 24 June 2020 and should take 5 days to complete (including the weekend). These activities will be undertaken during a working window between 7am and 7pm.
This type of work can be affected by bad weather, so if it is not possible to carry it out at this time, KCC Highways will arrange a new date and inform residents via a letter drop and will also put up signs along the road, before starting, showing the date work is planned to start.
During these essential works it will be necessary to closely control traffic under mobile traffic management (Stop / Go) and speed restrictions will be in place throughout the duration of the works.
Where KCC Highways has specified the works take place over more than a day, please be aware that it is not always possible to start on the first day advertised. These types of works are part of a continuous works programme and heavily dependent on good weather and site conditions throughout; and thus, can be affected by delays on previous sites. By allowing for extra days KCC Highways can ensure that unforeseen circumstances to the works can be accommodated and disruption to local residents is minimised as far as possible.
KCC Highways will use a product called ‘Micro-Asphalt’ to improve the road surface. Micro-Asphalt is quick to apply, which means less disruption to road users, residents, local businesses and the emergency services. It is a cost-effective way of prolonging the life expectancy of the road before any major repair works are required. It also benefits from having a low carbon footprint.
Micro-asphalt is applied cold, in fluid form directly onto the existing road, in two 8mm thick layers, that seal the surface to prevent water penetration, restore texture and improve skid resistance. The first layer is rolled in order to achieve a compact surface on which to lay the top layer. The top layer is not rolled as we want the stones to remain proud of the bitumen whilst it cures to give texture to the new surface; this influences skid resistance and durability. The action of a roller would push the stones deep into the bitumen, which is why we rely on the movement of vehicles, which are much lighter, to aid the embedment of the stones.
The finished surface will look quite coarse, uneven and rough immediately after laying, but will improve over time via normal traffic use, as the material beds in. The laying process may result in the fluid splashing slightly up the kerb face; this is normal and will weather with time.
Generally, within 14 days of completing the works the road markings will be reinstated and within eight weeks the ironworks (road drain covers, manhole covers etc.) will be adjusted to suit the new surface.
As KCC Highways will be putting a new surface over the entire road it is inevitable that residents and businesses near the works will experience some disruption, but they will try to keep these to a minimum. Any pavements will remain open at all times, but vehicle 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 site know and they will do their best to help you.