Essential resurfacing on key Bridgwater route

A vital engineering scheme to repair and resurface the A38 Taunton Road in Bridgwater is taking place early next year.

The scheme will involve planing off the old road surface to a depth of up to 100mm and replacing with new materials. Due to the width of the road it will be necessary to close the road while work is underway to keep the workforce and travelling public safe.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “This is a very busy route into Bridgwater so it’s important we keep it in good condition.

“The works will take place at off-peak times to minimise disruption as much as possible and now Squibbers Way is open there is a much shorter alternative route.”

The works will be delivered in two phases:

  1. Taunton Road (Broadway to Fernleigh Avenue): 8 to 15 January, 6.30pm to 11.30pm
  2. Taunton Road (Rhode Lane to Hamp Bridge): 15 to 21 January, 6.30pm to 11.30pm

A suggested diversion route suitable for all vehicles using Squibbers Way can be found at or will be clearly signposted on site.

Somerset County Council looks after more than 4,170 miles of road and in 2018/19 invested £24.7m to keep the county moving, including filling 18,519 potholes and delivering 385 highway maintenance schemes ranging from drainage works to carriageway and footway resurfacing.

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