England’s steepest A road reopens

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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