Highways team tackles key jobs during half-term

Somerset County Council’s highways teams are going to be taking advantage of the upcoming half-term to carry out important work at two sites in Taunton.

A new road gully is being constructed on the corner of Station Road/Belvedere Road in Taunton; the area suffers from persistent flooding and ahead of the middle of winter the decision has been taken to rectify this.

A few temporary traffic management measures will be in place from 26-30October so this work can be completed; one lane on Station Road will be closed and Belvedere Road itself will be closed also.

Road closures will only be in place when the teams are making the improvements, between 9.30am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday of that week.

The traffic control team are also upgrading the pedestrian facilities and signals on Wellington Road/Castle Street. There will be some changes to signal priorities at the Castle Street junction; a new left-hand filter signal will be installed to improve the capacity of the junction.

The signals will remain on most of the time; however, when they need to be turned off this will be done outside of peak hours.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said “These schemes occurring in Taunton over the pending half-term are minor in their nature but will have massive long-term benefits for traffic in the area.

“The new gully on Station Road and the improved signals at Castle Street are small but vital works, and it is great that our teams are using reduced half-term traffic to carry them out. However, the areas are still busy, so I’d encourage the public to plan ahead.”

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Somerset County Council looks after more than 4,170 miles of road and in 2019/20 invested £26.1m 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.