A major scheme to rebuild the A3088 Cartgate Link Road near Yeovil has been completed on time using an innovative road recycling technique to significantly reduce disruption.
Somerset County Council carried out the bulk of the work at night, reconstructing 2,300m of carriageway and recycling 70 per cent of the old road material.
By using this process, work that could have taken several months was completed in just four weeks, reducing disruption on one of Somerset’s busiest roads.
Recycling the road also meant far fewer lorry movements by reducing the need to transport materials. This saved money and also saved around 330 tonnes of CO2.
Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Rebuilding a major road like the Cartgate is no mean feat – and it’s testament to the hard work and skill of our teams that it’s been completed in just a few weeks with the minimum of disruption.
“We’ve used some really advanced engineering techniques to recycle the road, which is quicker, cheaper and better for the environment.
“Many thanks to all the workers involved, and I’d also like to thank people in and around Yeovil for their patience during this essential work.”
Road recycling is not suitable for all types of road but can work well in certain locations. Similar methods will be used on the A39 at Loxley Woods starting this week.