A39 reopens as major engineering scheme finishes early

The main road between Street and Glastonbury has now reopened following the completion of a major road rebuilding scheme – one day ahead of programme.

Teams worked 24 hours a day and used innovative engineering methods to keep the closure to a minimum and reduce disruption.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “A huge thank you to the local community and travelling public for their patience while we carried out this essential work.

“We always knew it would be challenging and that is why we had teams working through the night to get the work done as quickly as possible.

“I’m sure drivers will approve of the new improved road surface and crucially we’ve also been able to strengthen the foundations to help prevent further problems in future.”

Somerset County Council started planning the scheme back in February, engaging with the local community and partners such as utility firms in efforts to keep disruption to a minimum.

The road was fully reconstructed using an innovative resin injection system to improve the strength of the road while reducing the need for excavations.

The A39 Causeway scheme in numbers:

  • 260 tonnes of excavated material removed
  • 3,500 square metres of steel mesh removed
  • 290 metres of kerb replaced
  • 450 square metres of road foundation strengthened
  • 50 metres of drainage improved
  • 21 ironworks repaired
  • 1,830 square metres of geotextile laid in the road surface to assist in future crack prevention.
  • 9,000 square metres of road resurfaced

For a full timeline of the scheme, including photos and videos, please check out www.travelsomerset.co.uk/A39.

You can also stay up to date with roadworks and live travel conditions by following @TravelSomerset on Twitter.