Plans for a major engineering scheme in Yeovil are taking shape with teams set to work 24 hours a day to keep disruption to a minimum.
The A30 Sherborne Road is showing significant signs of deterioration and it was announced last year that drainage improvement works were needed.
Drainage work involves deep excavations under the highway to install new pipes and gullies so a 24/7 road closure is required to keep workers and road users safe.
Following extensive investigations and planning alongside South Somerset District Council, Somerset County Council can confirm that work will begin as previously stated on Tuesday 25 July.
This takes advantage of the school holidays when roads are generally quieter.
However, to keep the closure time to a minimum, it has now been agreed that teams will work 24/7. It is hoped to complete the scheme in 7 days rather than the three weeks initially estimated.
A spokesman for Somerset County Council said: “We fully appreciate these are high impact works and have listened to local concerns and explored a number of different options to finalise this essential scheme.
“Initially it looked as though a three-week closure would be required but we’re very pleased to have found an alternative solution with 24/7 working to reduce this to around 7 days.
“There’s still a lot to do and we’ll be liaising with local businesses and residents over the next few weeks before publicising the final plans. If anyone has a concern, please contact us in advance by calling 0300 123 2224 or email email@example.com.”
A spokesman for South Somerset District Council added: “We are pleased that SCC will be able to undertake these works on a 24/7 basis to reduce the overall time frame needed to carry out this essential work. Whilst projects of this sort will inevitably cause some inconvenience, being able to reduce the time taken to deliver and also undertake the work during the school holiday period will minimise disruption.”
The stretch of Sherborne Road in question is showing significant signs of deterioration and highways teams have made 49 visits to temporarily repair cracks and potholes over the past 18 months.
To tackle the structural issues it is necessary to first upgrade the drainage before full resurfacing at a later date (likely to be in winter 2018 with night-time working).