People can find out more about the Sutton Road improvement scheme at an engagement event later this month.
Kent County Council has proposed plans to ease congestion on Sutton Road by providing a widened junction and approaches along both sides of the road.
It is also proposed to improve capacity at the Willington Street junction and to provide bus laybys to improve the free flow of traffic.
Kent County Council Project Manager Russell Boorman said: “The A274 is a strategic route serving the south east of Maidstone and can be accessed from the M20.
“It suffers from congestion in the morning and afternoon peak periods with journey times being unreliable owing to the large amount of traffic.
“With the award of Government Local Growth Funding of £8.9 million, to deliver transport improvements across Maidstone, Kent County Council is now able to actively promote this improvement to reduce congestion and improve journey time reliability at the junction with Willington Street and Wallis Avenue.”
Increased noise is an understandable local concern and an objective of the scheme is to provide traffic noise screening for Bell Meadow and Sutton Road residents.
Sutton Road has a number of mature trees and vegetation, which will need to be removed to accommodate the widened junction.
However, there is an area of land available fronting Sutton Road to allow KCC to re-plant trees, vegetation and enhance the landscaping, together with limited availability to re-plant the area fronting Bell Meadow.
People can view the plans and talk to the Project Team at St Martin’s Church on Northumberland Road, Maidstone, on Friday, August 18 between 3.30pm and 6.30pm.
For more information visit www.kent.gov.uk/suttonroad
Key Aspects of Project
- The junction will be widened to three lanes in each direction to provide road capacity and improve current and future traffic flow
- Dedicated turning lanes into Willington Street and Wallis Avenue
- Upgrade of Willington Street & Wallis Avenue signal controlled junction
- Bus laybys incorporated to improve free flow of traffic
- Improvement of journey time reliability in the morning and afternoon peak periods
- Reduce noise and pollution by decreasing congestion and limiting stationary traffic
- Traffic noise screening for adjacent residents