The first phase of Kent’s latest resurfacing programme started in January and is progressing well.
This £5 million work includes 26 locations around the county and will continue through to the end of March.
This vital investment will help to reduce potholes caused by the weather conditions we have experienced in Kent this winter.
A considerably larger programme will continue over the spring, summer, and autumn months.
On Friday, February 26, KCC started the first scheme in the Tonbridge area of the year, the A26 Vale Rise Roundabout.
Additional works in the Tonbridge area are also planned soon with the B2260 Tonbridge High Street and the A227 Bordyke from the March 22 and April 15, respectively.
These schemes are a few of the several planned in the Tonbridge area this coming year and form part of the countywide resurfacing programme.
KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Michael Payne said: “We have a substantial road resurfacing programme planned for 2021. As part of our Highways Asset Management Plan for the next five years, we will shortly be publishing a detailed forward works programme which includes around 7.5 million square metres of road resurfacing and preservation works over the next five years.
“This programme, together with our annual Pothole Blitz campaigns and vital investment in drainage infrastructure will significantly reduce pothole formation in the coming years.”
Kent’s 2021 road resurfacing programme is being delivered by GW Highways, a Kent-based company, and for the first time the resurfacing contract is centred around carbon reduction.
GW Highways is working closely with the Carbon Trust to assess emissions generated throughout every aspect of the contract and their business.
This collaboration will provide baseline emission levels within the first few months of the contract.
The setting of accurate targets is key and will help KCC’s goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2030. This includes specifically looking at the following improvements:
- Use of Euro 6 vans and electric vehicles
- Introducing haulage plans to reduce the number of lorries running empty
- Introducing rainwater harvesting at GW Highways’ site in Headcorn
- Plant monitoring and control of idle time and non-working utilisation
- Driver/Operator training and development programme to ensure they drive and operate in the most fuel-efficient manner
- Increased use of recycled asphalt
- The introduction of low temperature asphalts as our material of choice where this is appropriate.
- Use of bio-degradable environmentally friendly GTL Fuel (Gas to Liquid) across all plant to reduce harmful gases
Mr Payne added: “Our resurfacing contract includes a number of environmental goals to ensure our target of net zero emissions is met by 2030.
“This will be achieved by introducing electric fleet vehicles, innovative materials such as low temperature asphalts and following a joint approach with the Carbon Trust.
“We very much look forward to working with GW Highways to deliver high quality, low carbon road maintenance over the coming years.”