B3168 Beacon road closure update

The results of investigative work to discover what has caused structural damage to a road near Ilminster could be ready next week.

The B3168 at The Beacon has been closed since February when extreme wet weather caused the road to move and there were concerns for the safety of drivers.

Following recent on-site investigations by geotechnical experts, a number of samples were taken away to be further analysed. The results of this work should be completed next week which will enable a final ground investigation report to be compiled.

Somerset County Council will then use this report to consider its options for carrying out work to make the road safe to reopen.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Once we have received this report we will be in a much better position to confirm the actual works required and give a realistic timescale as to when work can begin.

“We appreciate the sensitivity of this road closure and the impact that it is having locally, but we have always stated that it is our intention to re-open the road before the Christmas period.

“There has recently been speculation that the road will be closed for two more years. This is pure speculation and I would like to reiterate that we will do everything we can to reopen the road as quickly as possible.”