Drainage upgrade on A37 finishes early

A major engineering scheme to upgrade drainage on the A37 at Oakhill has been completed early.

The work to replace more than 1km of pipe has finished ahead of schedule and the road has been reopened this afternoon (22 September).

The road was due to reopen on Sunday, to be followed by around a week of final works under temporary traffic lights. However, the scheme has been finished early and there is no need for signals next week.

Cllr John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “These were substantial works and it’s fantastic that the team has managed to bring them in ahead of schedule. I thank everyone involved for their hard work and motorists for their patience.

“This will reduce the risk of water on the road during wet weather as well as protecting it from water damage in the long run. We know works cause disruption, but we do our very best to keep it to a minimum”.

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 needed updating.

A number of drainage chambers, covers and gullies have also been replaced or repaired. Around 100m of extra channels has been added to increase the capacity of the system and help reduce the risk of flooding.

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