All this disruption, but is it any wider?
With less than a month to go until the roadworks on Kennington Road are due to be completed, the construction work is said to be on schedule.
Recent work on the project includes the reconstruction of the ragstone retaining wall – which is nearly finished – additional kerbing and ditch work.
Additional resurfacing work has also been confirmed for the section of the road between Silver Hill Road and the Givaudan perfume factory.
However, many are now raising concerns that the road doesn’t actually look much wider than it was before the construction work started.
Historian Steve Salter, who recently walked alongside the new road, said: “Kennington Road has a pinch point that’s been a problem for many years and has become worse since the capacity of traffic has increased, but it’s never really had a lot of work done to it.
“From walking along the site, it doesn’t look like the road width is much wider than it was originally and a massive pavement has now appeared outside some of the cottages along the road which is taking up room.
“Martin’s, the civil engineering business working on the project, are doing a great job.
“They’re doing what they’re told to do and their speed and workmanship is fantastic but for all the time the road has been shut for, it doesn’t actually look a lot wider.”
A Kent County Council spokesman said: “The scheme is still on track to be opened by September 4, with additional work added to the original contract such as resurfacing a larger area of road and ditching to improve the drainage.
“This extra work was added to take advantage of the road closure.”
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Above, and top, progress is said to be going well on the Kennington Road reconstruction