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Drilling work at Brooklyn Park, Maidstone

Drilling work at Brooklyn Park, Maidstone

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Gallagher's solution to prevent more motorway misery

Drilling work at Brooklyn Park, Maidstone

Drilling work at Brooklyn Park, Maidstone

Gallagher Properties has devised a novel way to prevent further traffic issues at Junction 6 of the M20, near Maidstone, during the construction of Scania’s dealership at Brooklyn Park.

Brooklyn Park is bordered by three roads - the M20 to the south, motorway slip roads to the north and west, and to the east the A229 Chatham Road.

Consequently getting utilities to the site such as water, gas and electricity from the south of the M20, would have involved road closures and traffic congestion as a result of digging up the slip road beneath the motorway.

The solution was to undertake 90 metres of directional drilling under the M20, which therefore preventing any road closures and any further delays for Maidstone road users.

Nick Yandle of Gallagher Properties, said: “Our team’s proposal was welcomed by KCC Highways as it avoided road closures, however it entailed months of planning.

“Highways England, which has responsibility for the M20, although helpful and cooperative, understandably required chapter and verse on the method and route to ensure no problems were caused to this important motorway.

“The phrase: where there’s a will there’s a way, defines Gallagher’s approach to everything we do. Thanks to our team the travelling public never knew the work was being undertaken to keep Kent’s traffic moving and at the same time help secure new jobs for Maidstone.”

In preparation for the work, Gallagher researched the original motorway construction drawings, and carried out radar surveys across the carriageways to identify structures and services, such as drains, power and data cables.

Once planning had been approved, Gallagher’s specialist contractors began drilling two 450mm diameter ducts under the motorway, for gas, water electricity and drainage.

The directional drilling procedure involved a rig sending a 125mm diameter pilot bore to the other side of the motorway, a distance of 90m. The route across the motorway was tracked to within +/- 50mm using locating equipment.

A 350mm reamer is then attached to the drilling rods along with the services and the rig pulls back the services along the line of the pilot hole, expanding the hole in the process.

The work begun in late June and was finished in early July. Now successfully completed, Brooklyn Park can be connected to services. This will enable Scania to move into a new depot, workshop, as well as sales and management offices, towards the end of 2015, bringing 35 new jobs to the borough.

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