Major drainage upgrade on A37 at Oakhill

A major engineering scheme to upgrade drainage and replace more than 1km of old pipe is due to take place on the A37 at Oakhill next month.

The section of road between the Bath Road junction and Golf Links Lane junction has been subject to a number of minor repairs in recent times and the drainage system is showing signs it needs updating.

The scheme will also involve replacing or repairing a number of drainage chambers, covers and gullies. Around 100m of extra channels will be added to increase the capacity of the system and help reduce the risk of flooding.

Cllr John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Upgrading drainage is such important preventative work – not only to reduce surface water at times of wet weather but also because water can seriously damage the road structure.

“This work will require deep excavations in the highways so unfortunately a road closure is the only option to keep people safe, but we will reopen as soon as we can.”

The works will be split into two phases to keep disruption to a minimum. The first phase involves deep open trenches and it will be necessary to close the road 24/7 to keep both the workforce and the travelling public safe. This is programmed to run from Monday 4 September to Sunday 24 September.

The road will then reopen on Monday 25 September with the final phase of works completed under temporary traffic lights.

Access for residents and landowners along the closed stretch of road will be maintained, but if you have any queries in advance please call 0300 123 2224 or email countyroads-mendip@somerset.gov.uk.

A suggested diversion route suitable for all vehicles can be found at www.travelsomerset.co.uk/roadworks or will be clearly signposted on site. As with any road closure, drivers are free to find their own alternatives.

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