Work to improve the pavements on the High Street in Gillingham will start on Monday 1 February, and go on for around eight weeks,
During the daytime work by Dorset Highways the footways on both sides of the road from Newbury up to the Post Office will have the existing paving removed and prepared for an imprinted paving effect. This is like the work recently carried out in Station Road.
On the southern footway, from the Post Office and over the bridge, the old slabbed paving will be removed and replaced with new textured slabs. On the northern side, the paving will be replaced between the bus shelter and St Martin’s Square.
To provide a safe working space, two-way temporary traffic lights will be in use on High Street during these works.
The pavement on School Road will also be resurfaced between High Street and the primary school.
From Monday 15 March, for three weeks, night-time resurfacing work will get underway, with High Street closed 8pm to 6am overnight each weekday.
During the first three nights the road will be resurfaced from Newbury to St Martin’s Square. The remaining twelve nights will be used to imprint the footways between Newbury and the Post Office and to imprint the raised areas in the road.
Councillor Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: ‘We’ve worked closely with Gillingham Town Council on this scheme to renew the street scene and make High Street more inviting for residents.
‘These enhancements will also help make walking and cycling a safer and more attractive option for many people, for trips into town, for leisure and for school children.’
Imprinting is a modern technique – where hot asphalt material is laid and imprinted with a paving effect, reduces trip hazards and is easier to maintain compared to traditional paving.
These works are being funded by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, through the Government’s Local Growth Fund, to support economic growth by enhancing the town centre environment.