Planning repairs for major route into Yeovil

A major scheme to repair and rebuild a main road into Yeovil is being planned to take place this summer.

After the successful early completion of major improvement works at the Horsey and Hospital Roundabouts, this is the latest investment in Yeovil’s road network.

The A3088 Cartgate Link Road is showing signs of significant structural failure with numerous cracks and settlement across the carriageway.

Somerset County Council needs to reconstruct and resurface sections of the road, and first needs to carry out investigatory work to understand the extent of the repairs required.

This preliminary work will begin on Tuesday 3 May with a mechanical survey of the carriageway. This is expected to take around five days with manually controlled stop and go boards used to manage traffic.

The team will then return on Monday 9 May to dig trial holes to analyse the current condition beneath the carriageway. This work will take place over five nights with temporary traffic lights in place.

Once these investigations are complete, the resurfacing work can be planned. It is expected that this will require a full closure of the A3088, and the scheme is currently planned to take place during the school holidays, with a provisional start date of Monday 25 July. The work will take around four weeks but will be carried out overnight to minimise disruption as much as possible.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “It’s always challenging to carry out major repairs on main strategic roads, but it is far less disruptive and more cost effective in the long-term to do this work properly rather than continually revisiting a site for temporary repairs.

“This work will greatly improve the condition of this vital link and provide a much smoother, safer journey for all. We’re trying to avoid daytime closures wherever possible, but please be aware of the potential for delays and plan your journey accordingly.

“I know this comes after other recent work in Yeovil, but it’s unavoidable and all about making sure that a growing town like Yeovil has an infrastructure that works, both to cope with current demands and to prepare the town for future development.”

Further details will be provided once the investigations are complete and the full extent of the scheme becomes clearer, but if you have any questions or queries, please contact 0300 123 2224 or email countyroads-southsom@somerset.gov.uk.