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Willington Street Road Improvements - 25th July 2015 and be completed by 2nd September 2015

July 16, 2015 8:46 AM
By KCC -Cllr Chittenden

KCC LogoFrom Cllr Ian Chittenden - Keeping you informed...

During 2014 and 2015 the County Council is reconstructing and resurfacing much of Willington Street in Maidstone. Due to the condition of the road and the high volumes of traffic we are carrying out major repairs on a 2km (2000m or 1.25 miles) section of the road between A274 Sutton Road and Deringwood Drive.

To minimise disruption these major works are being undertaken in three phases.

Phase 1 was completed during the school summer holidays 2014 and Phase 2 was completed during the Easter school holidays 2015

We plan to complete Phase 3 over the upcoming school summer holidays. The works on this phase will start on the 25th July 2015 and be completed by 2nd September 2015. We will be working on site seven days a week, between 7am and 7pm, where necessary.

Phase 3 is approximately 800m in length and will be between Deringwood Drive and Northumberland Road, excluding Beauworth Park to Chapman Avenue which was reconstructed during Easter. The works have been phased like this to minimise disruption to residents in the adjacent cul-de-sacs, this phasing will allow access in and out of the side roads.

We are undertaking these works during the school holidays, because there tends to be less traffic on the roads. The entire road will be closed to through traffic during the works so that we can ensure the safety of both the workforce and road users. Traffic will be diverted via the A20 Ashford Road, A249, A229 and A274 Sutton Road.

Unfortunately, during these works there will not be a local diversion in place to allow local traffic access between School Lane and Deringwood Drive to the A20/A274.

We will start by using a large machine to grind off the top layer of the road to enable us to repair the lower layers of the road. road planing

We will then lay a special membrane layer to strengthen the new road, adjust all of the manhole covers and drains and then the new road structure will be laid.

Finally, all of the road markings will be repainted.

Phase 3

The works will be divided into four sections:

 Phase 3A will be from Deringwood Drive to 157 Willington Street

It will commence on 25th July and take 9 Days

 Phase 3B will be from 157 Willington Street to Otterbourne Place

It will commence on 1st August and take 9 Days

 Phase 3C will be from Otterbourne Place to Chapman Avenue

It will commence on 8th August and take 9 days

 Phase 3D will be from Beauworth Park to Northumberland Road and will include a closure of Denton Close

It will commence on 15th August and take 10 Days

These are approximate dates and may be subject to change. This type of work can be affected by bad weather so, if it is not possible to carry out the works on these dates, we will review our programme and update you via a letter drop to your home.

During the works, the front facing properties on Willington Street and Denton Close, within the section that we are working on will have NO vehicular access. This is because of the depth of the excavations - in places we will need to dig down half a metre.

Alternative arrangements for parking will be along the remaining closed section of Willington Street and site security will be in place when we are not working on the site (7pm-7am). Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times and local diversion routes for residents will be in place.

If you have specific access requirements please tell our project team as soon as possible by calling 03000 41 81 81. We will do all that we can to accommodate your needs however at times we may need to ask that you make alternative arrangements.

During the works we will have large and specialist vehicles on site and audible warning reversing sirens will be used on all vehicles. This is a health and safety requirement and cannot be turned off so you will hear these sirens during the works.

With a project of this magnitude and complexity, disruption is inevitable but we will be doing our utmost to make sure that this is kept to an absolute minimum. We apologise in advance for the inconvenience caused and will try to keep this to a minimum. There are significant long term benefits to the works as we have designed the repairs to last many years ahead.