A358 closure needed for vital repairs

Emergency repairs need to be carried out on a damaged embankment next to one of Somerset’s key roads which is posing a hazard to road users.

Somerset County Council’s Highways Team needs to correct some severe erosion to the embankment running alongside the A358 near Combe Florey. In order to carry this out, the road is scheduled to be closed from next Monday 25 January to Friday 12 February. A diversion is in place.

An inspection established that the highway verge between the road and the embankment had collapsed into a stream close to the highway, and was already causing cracks in the road surface.

The team will need to clear vegetation and trees near the stream which have caused it to flow into the embankment. The normal flow will need to be restored to stop the damage.

Significant clearance of the area with an excavator is needed followed by the installation of wire cages containing rocks, known as gabion baskets, to secure the embankment.

A 24-hour road closure will be in place from Monday, 25 January when work commences and it is expected to be completed by 12 February.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways said: “Our teams needed to act quickly to deal with this potentially hazardous situation.

“This is one of the county’s main arterial routes and we appreciate the work is going to cause some delays. But the safety of road-users is paramount. For the next two weeks we’d encourage motorists to plan ahead.”

For diversion information on this scheme and to find out about other roadworks visit www.travelsomerset.co.uk/roadworks/

Submitted by Communications