Resurfacing commencing on A39 Wells Road

Somerset County Council will be carrying out resurfacing of the Hartlake Straight on the A39 Wells Road next month.

The road surface from the Tin Bridge roundabout just outside Glastonbury towards Polsham has been steadily declining and now needs major repair.

The scheme will be carried out from Monday 16 August to Friday 27 August and requires a 24/7 road closure for the duration of the works to ensure the safety of the workforce and public. A diversion will be in place.

The work has been scheduled during the summer holidays to minimise disruption as much as possible. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways said: “This section of the A39 needs to be resurfaced for everyone’s safety so it is good news that the team will get the work done this summer.

“We appreciate that it will be disruptive in the short term, but this will increase the life of the road by many years. There will be a diversion for the duration of the works, so I encourage everyone to plan ahead to avoid delays.”

Access to households and businesses in the area will be maintained throughout and the team will liaise closely with those in the immediate area of the works. Deliveries and access will be accommodated through on-site operational staff. Every effort will be made to keep the duration of the works to a minimum. 

During the road closure a suggested diversion route will be clearly signposted on site or can be found at

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Somerset County Council looks after 4,172 miles of road and in 2020/21 invested £23.1m to keep the county moving. Highways teams filled 19,282 potholes last year and carried out 556 highway maintenance schemes ranging from drainage works to carriageway and footway resurfacing.