A significant part of the annual capital highway works budget is set aside for the delivery of carriageway resurfacing schemes. The principle of procuring the delivery of the Countywide Highway Resurfacing Programme through a competitive tendering process was established in 2008 to ensure the maximum benefits from a competitive market’s prices. Since then this service has been procured through the market on a regular basis.
Annually around 35-40km of the highway network is resurfaced. This generally consists of removing the top layer of the carriageway surface and replacing it with a new one. This protects the lower construction layers of the carriageway from the elements, reinstates carriageway strength and prolongs its life.
Given the value of the contract an OJEU complaint procurement process has been followed to procure a single contract to replace the existing two contracts (North and South Kent) to benefit from the economy of scales. The duration of the new contract is two years with an option for extension by a further two years, on a one year at a time basis (2 + 1 +1).
Twelve potential tenders expressed an interest and four submitted priced tenders. Overall Eurovia Infrastructure Ltd’s tender represents best value and will result in significant savings in the delivery of resurfacing schemes.