Road reopens as bridge work nears completion

A key road in Taunton reopened last night (Tuesday) as work to build a new road bridge nears completion.

Station Road has been closed while Somerset County Council’s contractor Carillion works on the new Kingston Loop Bridge as part of the Northern Inner Distributor Road (NIDR) project.

Carillion has informed the Council that it is now safe to reopen Station Road while the remainder of the bridge is completed.

A spokesman for Somerset County Council said: “Many thanks to everyone affected by this road closure for remaining so patient. We know it has been inconvenient at times, but the construction of this bridge is a key phase and we’re pleased that work is nearly complete.”

The new bridge has been designed to preserve the look of the Station Road area as much as possible, with the historic steel edge beams refurbished and reinstalled as part of the new bridge.

The Kingston Loop Bridge is the last major structural component of the NIDR to complete, although other work remains. This includes surfacing near the new bridge; surfacing, lining and lighting between the new bridge and Staplegrove roundabout; signing and lining to prevent parking on the new route; completion of the Firepool Bridge, and general landscaping. The Council expects the contractor to complete the new road by the end of 2016.

The NIDR is a multi-million pound project commissioned by Somerset County Council and carried out by the construction contractor Carillion to unlock the Firepool regeneration site where there are ambitious plans for a riverside business, residential and shopping development. By providing a link from Priory Avenue to Staplegrove Road, it should also help to ease congestion in the town centre and on Priorswood Road.