Planning ahead for next phase of drainage improvement scheme

The next phase of essential drainage improvements on the A378 at Mile Head is scheduled to take place early next month.

A major scheme to improve drainage at this location has been taking place in phases over the past few years. The latest works will see a number of gullies repaired and a further 270 metres of underground pipe replaced to help surface water drain away.

Works are scheduled to run from Monday 3 February to Friday 21 February and due to the deep excavations required it will be necessary to close the road 24/7 during this time to keep the workforce and travelling public safe.

While the road is closed and to avoid further disruption at a later date, teams will also be carrying out surface dressing prep works on the A378 near Wrantage. This involves filling potholes and localised patch repairs ready for the road to be fully surface dressed next summer.

Some restrictions will be in place for safety during this time but access for residents and businesses will be maintained.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Closing a road is always the last resort but often with drainage work there is no choice due to the deep trenches in the road.

“What is pleasing is we’ve been able to co-ordinate with another important piece of work to minimise future disruption.

“Please bear with us during this time and rest assured our teams will be working to complete the work as quickly as possible.”

A suggested diversion route suitable for all vehicles can be found at or will be clearly signposted on site. As with any road closure, drivers are free to find their own alternatives.

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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