Essential resurfacing on main road into Bridgwater

Drivers are advised to plan ahead as a main road in Bridgwater is lined up for essential road improvements.

A section of the A39 Bath Road between Bailey Street and College Way is showing signs of deterioration and will be fully resurfaced as part of Somerset County Council’s highways maintenance programme.

Preparatory works, involving repairs to the kerbs, footways and drainage system, will take place under temporary traffic lights during off-peak hours (9.30am to 3.30pm) to minimise disruption. The work starts on Monday 23 July and is due to take approximately 15 days, excluding the weekend.

The resurfacing itself involves the use of a large planing machine to remove the old surface up to a depth of 100mm followed by laying of new material. During this phase of work, the road will need to be closed to keep both road users and the workforce safe. Access for pedestrians will be maintained at all times.

This work is due to start on Tuesday 14 August for two days (7.30am to 6pm) and 16 August for two days extended into the evenings (7.30am to 11.30pm). Access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times, although some delays are possible. The area next to the business parks will be resurfaced in the evenings to minimise disruption.

The work has been co-ordinated with recent highways work associated with EDF Energy’s Bri A campus along Bath Road. These works are due to recommence on 2 July with temporary traffic lights in place where required.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “The A39 Bath Road is a key route into Bridgwater so these improvements are very welcome, although it does of course mean some further short-term disruption while work is underway.

“We’re bringing in extra resource and will do what we can to keep this to a minimum, but please take note of the details and plan ahead to avoid being caught out.”

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

If you have a query about the work you can email countyroads-sedgemoor@somerset.gov.uk in advance. You can also stay up to date with this and other roadworks schemes by following @TravelSomerset on Twitter.