Essential resurfacing on A372 at Huish Episcopi

A busy road in Huish Episcopi will be closed for essential resurfacing works next month.

The A372 at Ducks Hill is showing signs of deterioration and Somerset County Council is planning extensive repairs along the key route.

The scheme is split into phases with prep works, including drainage works, taking place from Monday 3 February to Friday 7 February with the road closed between 7.30am and 5.30pm.

The road will be reopened the following week with prep works continuing under temporary traffic lights.

The resurfacing itself will take place during half-term from Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February with the road again closed from 7.30am to 5.30pm.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We’re investing in extensive repairs and there’s never an easy time to do this on a busy road.

“A road closure is required for certain elements but we’ll keep this to a minimum and make the most of the school holidays as much as possible.

“Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey if you usually use this route.”

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.

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.

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