The A39 at Porlock Hill has reopened, after an engineering scheme to resurface one of the steepest hills in England was successfully completed.
The hill is reportedly the steepest A road in England and has a gradient of 1 in 4 (25 per cent) in places.
Somerset County Council has improved the road by laying a new modern surface with a high skid resistance along the length of the hill.
Specialist equipment and techniques were employed to improve this stretch of the A39, including use of an integrated paver and all-terrain forklift with tracks.
Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Resurfacing a hill with a 1 in 4 gradient is a no ordinary project. It required specialist equipment as well as all the expertise and experience of our highways team.
“We’re fully committed to keeping our roads in the best possible condition – no matter how challenging this might be and I am delighted that the project is successfully completed.
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