Resurfacing of key route in Taunton

A vital scheme to repair and resurface the busy A38 through Taunton has been confirmed to start later this month.

Somerset County Council will be carrying out essential maintenance on the stretch of road between Shuttern and Mansfield Road between Monday 30 January and Friday 10 February.

In order to keep disruption to a minimum, the work has been split into phases and teams will be working in the evenings from 6.30pm to 11.30pm.

A one-way system will be in place with westbound traffic continuing to use the A38, while eastbound traffic will be diverted along Corporation Street and East Street. The road will be fully reopened during the day.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “This stretch of the busy A38 is clearly in need of repairs with significant cracking and a number of potholes.

“It’s never easy to repair busy town centre roads without an impact on residents, businesses, commuters or shoppers, but we’ve done our best to minimise disruption by working off-peak hours and avoiding a full road closure.”

For updates on current and future roadworks, please follow @TravelSomerset on Twitter or visit www.travelsomerset.co.uk where details of the closure and diversion routes can be found.