Resurfacing and drainage work for Taunton’s busy A38 Wellington Road

Somerset County Council is carrying out significant repairs to one of Taunton’s major thoroughfares next month.

The Council’s Highways Team has identified the need for resurfacing and drainage works on the A38 Wellington Road, including Compass Hill. There will be two programmes of work – first from 3 October to 7 October, the team will be carrying out drainage work under temporary lights around the Wellington Road and Castle Street junction on a section of road that regularly floods in the winter months.
This will be followed by resurfacing of sections of the A38 in this area between 24 October and 5 November which will require evening closures, 6.30-11.30pm during the week. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses throughout. A diversion route will be in place during these hours.

Somerset County Council’s Lead Member for Transport and Digital Cllr Mike Rigby said: “This is a priority scheme to repair sections of the A38 which need urgent attention and it includes vital drainage work on flood-prone section of road ahead of the winter months.
“Our team had to hold this scheme until the upgraded Toneway Creech Castle junction was operational – carrying out work on what was part of the diversion route for that scheme would have led to unacceptable delays.
“We’re now in a position to press on and get this work done, but we are of course mindful the first part of the scheme in particular, with temporary lights on Wellington Road will cause some delays, and we’d urge people to plan ahead.
“We will work to minimise this as much as possible, but ultimately we have a duty to maintain the highway and ensure it is in a proper state of repair.”

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