Major drainage upgrade on A372 at Aller

A major engineering scheme to upgrade drainage on the A372 at Aller starts next week.

The section of Aller Road and High Street has been subject to issues with standing water and localised flooding in the past.

This scheme will replace the whole drainage system along a 550m stretch of road, including new chambers, covers and gullies.

Cllr John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “There’s a clearly a problem with the drainage here and we’re committed to getting it sorted before the winter.

“Drainage work involves digging deep under the road so unfortunately it does mean the road will need to be closed to keep people safe.

“Some short-term disruption is unavoidable, but please be assured we’ll be working hard to reopen the road as soon as we can.”

The scheme is programmed to run from Monday 11 September until Friday 20 October. Due to the need for open trenches in the carriageway it will be necessary to close the road 24/7 to keep both the workforce and the travelling public safe.

Businesses will remain open as usual and access for residents and landowners along the closed stretch of road will be maintained. Please contact the staff on site with any queries

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.

You can also stay up to date with this and other roadworks schemes by following @TravelSomerset on Twitter.