A361 to reopen later today

The A361 between East Lyng and Burrowbridge is set to reopen later today after an inspection by Somerset County Council’s Highways officers.

The road has been closed since December 31 due to flooding but has been given the all-clear to reopen from 5pm today (March 14).

There is still some water on a short stretch of the road so temporary traffic lights will be installed to protect the carriageway and allow motorists to pass safely.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “I’m delighted the A361 is to reopen at long last. Our Highways teams have been working hard all week to clear the road and make sure it is safe, and I would like to publicly thank them for their efforts to get this key route open before the weekend.”

A further inspection will take place early next week and the temporary traffic lights will be removed as soon as the flooding has receded and the road judged to be safe.

Cllr Siggs added: “Although the road is clear, the rhynes at the side of the road remain full of water so I would urge motorists to take extra care when driving, particularly in the foggy conditions we have seen over the last few days.”

The clear up of the A361 started on Monday with the removal of fallen trees and the cutting back of damaged vegetation. Approximately 30 tonnes of used sandbags were removed before a sweeping and cleaning operation covered the 1.5 mile section of carriageway.