The project will see the roundabout enlarged to allow three lanes to go around the roundabout and additional lanes provided on the approaches. Traffic signals are to be completely removed with give way lines installed at the entry to the roundabout.
The scheme will cost £5 million and is being funded through the government’s Local Growth Fund and developer contributions.
“This is another prime example of where we are delivering infrastructure first.”
KCC’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Neil Baker said: “This is another prime example of where we are delivering infrastructure first.
“This project is expected to improve capacity of the Coldharbour Roundabout by 60% in the morning peak period and 40% during the evening, making for smoother journeys for local people and helping to keep Kent moving.”
Work is due to commence on Monday 12th February and is expected to be completed by mid-December 2024.
For the initial phases of the works, daytime off-peak lane closures will be needed from 9:30am to 3:30pm so site teams can carry out surveys and install an access to the site compound from the 12th February for up to four weeks.
Additional works will take place on the existing roundabout island and be completed at night when lane closures will be put in place between 7pm and 6am.
Future traffic management will be completed during similar off-peak times to minimise disruption as much as possible.