Start date confirmed for major resurfacing at Mark

Plans for resurfacing on the B3139 Mark Causeway have been confirmed following the conclusion of major works by Wessex Water.

Wessex Water has been installing a new sewer under the road since April and has now announced the work will be finished by the end of this week (Friday 8 July).

This is a month earlier than planned and allows Somerset County Council to confirm its own plans to resurface now the excavating is complete.

Resurfacing will start on Monday 1 August and is expected to take four weeks to complete. Bringing this start date forward was considered, but by timing the work to take place during the school holidays it is hoped to minimise disruption as much as possible.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “It is great news that Wessex Water has finished this major scheme early and I’m pleased we can now finish the job by resurfacing the road.

“We appreciate it is frustrating that we have to return at a later date, but we believe it will be far less disruptive, particularly for school transport, if the work takes place as originally planned in August.

“The end is in sight, but we appreciate that this is further inconvenience so I’d like to thank the local community for their continued patience and understanding.”

The resurfacing will cover the stretch of road from the junction of Pillmore Lane to the junction of Yarrow Road. It will require a road closure, but this will be phased in order to minimise the impact on local traffic. Local access to businesses and properties will be maintained wherever possible, and it is hoped the road will be open to traffic at the weekends.

For more information about the resurfacing, please contact Somerset County Council on 0300 123 2224 or email roadsandtransportSD@somerset.gov.uk.