Melted road set for resurfacing

Tor Hole Road 1

Repairs to a road in Mendip which partially melted during the recent spell of hot weather are due to take place early next week

Affected by high temperatures and the intensity of the summer sun, the road at Tor Hole Road near Chewton Mendip softened and became pliable, causing the surface to lose grip.

Highways teams will be carrying out the resurfacing on Monday and Tuesday next week (13/14 July).

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Road surface failures like this are rare with the advent of modern bitumen and resurfacing techniques – so it just shows how hot it was at that location last week.

“I’m pleased we have been able to juggle our resurfacing programme to fit in these repairs as a priority, and with the new design we’re confident the new surface will hold up, even if we do see another hot spell.”

The road will be closed between 7am and 7pm while work takes place and a signed diversion will be in place.

Tor Hole Road 2