Kent County Council has published its forward works programme outlining plans for highway maintenance right across the county for the next five years.
This investment plan includes renewal and maintenance work not just for roads and pavements but also streetlights, drainage systems, traffic lights, bridges, tunnels, and trees.
It includes around 7.5 million square metres of road resurfacing and preservation, equivalent to around 1,250 miles or nearly a quarter of the road network.
It also includes around 275,000 square metres (around 85 miles) of pavement improvements, 95 drainage improvements, work on 50 structures and 62 traffic light improvement projects.
Kent Highways is responsible for the inspection and maintenance of 5,400 miles of roads, one of the largest road networks in England.
KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Michael Payne said: “Our highway network is one of Kent’s most important assets and supports social wellbeing and economic prosperity by enabling safe and reliable journeys to be made around and through the county.
“This is particularly important as Kent seeks to emerge safely from the coronavirus pandemic and rebuild its economy.
“It is also essential for emergency services to execute their work, as the police, healthcare, fire, and emergency responses all require an effective highway network.
“Kent Highways has significantly increased highway maintenance investment in recent years. It is therefore right that we should continue to invest in our highway network to ensure it remains fit for purpose both now and in the future.
“This, together with the start of our annual pothole blitz campaign and current road resurfacing programme, shows the commitment that Kent Highways is continuing to make to improving the roads in Kent.”
The forward works programme can be found here