A378 reopens early after essential flood prevention work

The A378 Langport Road reopened this evening (22 August) more than a week ahead of schedule.

Work on the section of road between Wrantage and Fivehead, known locally as Mile Hill, has been closed since 31 July for essential flood prevention works. A five-week closure was expected with an end date of 1 September, but work has progressed faster than hoped meaning an earlier than expected reopening.

The route has been susceptible to flooding in recent years with water on the road during times of bad weather. Around 300m of new pipe has been laid under it and new drains and gullies built to help the water drain away faster. This will also allow resurfacing to take place at a later date.

The works were timed for the school holidays when the roads are generally quieter.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We are always trying to minimise disruption on the network so it’s great when we are able to finish ahead of schedule – in this case more than a week early. My thanks go to the team who have turned this round so quickly and to motorists for their patience.

“Road closures cause disruption and are always a last resort, but these are important improvements and a closure was needed to keep workers and the public safe”.

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