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Road Closure - Resurfacing A228 Birling/Leybourne

By Parish Clerk Birling Parish Council

Friday, 31 May 2024


Birling Parish Council Contributor


Road Maintenance in Your Area Road Surface Improvement (Resurfacing) UPDATE: A228 Malling Road, Birling/Leybourne (Also known as A228 Castle Way)

When we plan to carry out the work and how long it will take In April 2023, Kent County Council undertook resurfacing works to the A228 Malling Road in Birling, specifically, both sides of the dual carriageway between the Leybourne Way junction and the Ham Hill (Leybourne Lakes) roundabout. The replacement of the road surface was completed, but an issue has been identified which requires intervention. Due to a pothole having appeared on the northbound approach to the Ham Hill roundabout, a section of the road will now be further resurfaced. The cost of these remedial works will be met by the contractor who undertook the original works. We will therefore need to return to site under another road closure to complete these remedials. Our contractor has now confirmed they are able to resource this return visit for two overnight shifts on Monday 10th June and Tuesday 11th June, between the hours of 21:00 – 05:00. Outside of these hours, the road will remain open for traffic. The return visit only requires the closure of the northbound carriageway towards Medway whilst the southbound carriageway, heading back toward Junction 4 of the M20, will remain open to traffic throughout. This work has been purposely arranged directly after the completion of the A228 Snodland Bypass resurfacing project as we already have agreed use of the diversion routes on the M20 and M2. During these essential works it will be necessary to close the A228 Malling Road between the Leybourne Way junction and the Leybourne Lakes/Ham Hill roundabout in a northbound direction so that we can carry out the works safely for both the workforce and road users. The diversion routes are as follows: • Diversion via A228 Castle Way/M20 eastbound/Exit M20 at J6/A229 Bluebell Hill/Exit at Lord Lees roundabout/Join M2 at J3 (westbound)/Exit M2 at J2/A228 Sundridge Hill/A228 Rochester Road/A228 Holborough Road/A228 Snodland Bypass • Diversion for vehicles unsuitable for motorway travel will be via Leybourne Way / Bellingham Way / Mill Hall Road / Station Road / Forstal Road / Rochester Road / Pilgrims Way / New Court Road / Peters Bridge Road / A228. What we plan to do During the first shift, we will remove the section of road surface by a method known as milling. The complete area will then be swept by a mechanical sweeper to ensure the prepared surface is clean and free of dust and debris. The new surfacing material will then be laid using a machine called a paver and compacted with a roller. This is a quick process and dependant on the design will either be a one or two-layer process. Finally, following completion of the surfacing, all necessary road markings will be re-painted. The road will then be re-opened. Work taking place over the second shift involves the reapplication of high friction (anti-skid) surfacing on the newly resurfaced area of road. High friction surfacing is applied at high-risk locations and formal pedestrian crossing points. How you can help us It is inevitable that residents and businesses near the works will experience some disruption and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused, but we will try to keep this to a minimum. Traffic Management operatives will be available at all our closure points to assist motorists if necessary. Road Maintenance in Your Area Road Surface Improvement (Resurfacing) UPDATE: A228 Malling Road, Birling/Leybourne (Also known as A228 Castle Way)

If you need more information, you can visit our website to view our programme & updates, to find out how we look after the roads throughout Kent or report any faults you find on our roads. You can also view our diversion/permit details at Alternatively, you can call us on 03000 41 81 81. WARNING – Beware Bogus Callers Kent County Council Highways, Transportation and Waste do not allow works to be carried out on private properties. If anyone says they are working for us or our specialist contractors and offer to carry out any work for cash, they should be treated with caution. We advise you to contact Citizen’s Advice on 03444 111 444 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm)

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