Sandwell – Programmed Preventative Maintenance
Sandwell have worked with Kiely Bros to utilise the innovative process of KielyLock surface treatment on a number of key routes across the borough. An example of this is on The Black Country New Road where over two successive seasons Kiely Bros have now successfully treated almost the entire route; which as part of our strategic network helps us as the highway authority to ensure our towns remain connected and accessibly by well-maintained roads that remain the arteries of our communities.
Prior to treatment works Kiely Bros delivered a successful package of essential patching and joint repairs to ensure the surface was in the best condition for the proposed surface treatment. This approach has seen the whole process completed from prep, surface treatment and lining as a single package of works, and has provided the council with an effective and efficient programme of preventive maintenance works which has been well organised and communicated throughout; enabling us to keep key travel partners and services informed of all works around the borough, and any unavoidable disruptions associated with maintenance works to a complete minimum.
This innovative process has enabled the council to treat more for less and has such seen us work on a vast amount of our network before more costly reconstruction works are required; and at a time when we look to optimise our available budgets has formed a key part of our preventative maintenance programme which we look forward to continuing as we move forward with further KielyLock works across the borough. The speed of the process also has key benefits when in comparison to traditional surfacing and overall carbon footprint goals.
Having utilised the KielyLock process on both unclassified and classified roads it is clear to see the benefits the process offers and the versatility the process offers from treating estate roads to high speed dual carriageways. A 14/6 double dressing was utilised across our classified locations and provided confidence that old HRA and high volume traffic routes can be treated successfully and with ease helping to contribute to our goals of maintaining and prolonging the life of our network in the most efficient and cost effective ways available to us. Public perception has also been notably improved upon; particularly following the second stage of the process which ‘locks’ the new surface into place – and having gone through a prolonged deep cold spell this winter the threat of any post-treatment chipping loss has been totally eliminated and certainly reinforces the thinking that KielyLock is a surface treatment fit for the future.