**Update: 5 August***
The drainage works will now begin on Monday 10 August. The nearby carriageway resurfacing scheme in Bruton (Silver Street) is now due to be completed on Thursday 6 August due to unforeseen problems with material supplies.
As both the resurfacing works at Silver Street, Bruton, and the drainage Works on the A371 use the same diversion route, works at both sites can not take place at the same time and the drainage works will now begin on Monday 10 August.
The works are scheduled to last 4-weeks as advertised. Advance notice boards on site have been changed to show the correct dates.
**Updated: 31 July**
Highways work to reduce the risk of flooding on the main A371 near Bratton Seymour is due to begin next month.
The upgrade to drainage, which is expected to start on Thursday 6 August, will take around four weeks and will require a full road closure so the work can be completed safely and as quickly as possible.
A spokesman for Somerset County Council said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this work. Closing a road is always a last resort, but unfortunately excavations and open trenches are required to install the new drainage, so a closure is the only way to carry out this work safely.
“The good news is that, once completed, the upgrade will reduce the risk of flooding on the road and hopefully prevent future disruption. So please bear with us and rest assured we will be doing everything we can to finish the work as quickly as possible.”
A signed diversion route will in operation while works are on-going.