Category roads

Awards double for Squibbers Way project

Construction of the Squibbers Way link road in Bridgwater has landed another prestigious award for its positive impact on the town. Somerset County Council, in partnership with main contractor Whitemountain and AECOM, won the Infrastructure South West Award at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Social Impact Awards 2020. The winners were unveiled last […]

Two resurfacing schemes brought forward to take advantage of quieter roads

Highways workers are taking advantage of the quieter roads across the county by bringing forward two essential resurfacing schemes in the next two weeks. Due to high levels of traffic on busy roads, it can be difficult to plan works that require a road closure. However, with traffic levels still reduced, Somerset County Council has […]

Cheddar Gorge road to close over bank holiday weekend

The road through Cheddar Gorge is to close again over the bank holiday weekend to deter potential breaches of coronavirus restrictions and ease local community concerns. The move follows the successful closure of the B3135 through the Gorge last weekend (1-4 May) in the wake of reports of drivers speeding along the route, vehicles travelling […]

Cheddar Gorge road to close this weekend

The road through Cheddar Gorge is to close this weekend in response to mounting concerns over safety and increasing breaches of coronavirus restrictions. Concerns of cars travelling at high speeds along the route, drivers travelling long distances to reach Cheddar Gorge and community concerns from people living in the area have led the police and […]

Essential maintenance to take place on main road near Bridgwater

Vital maintenance work is due to take place on the A39 Bath Road at Bawdrip near Bridgwater next month. Due to the importance of this route, and keeping in line with the Government’s new guidance identifying highways maintenance workers as essential, Somerset County Council will be resurfacing Bath Road to restore its profile, protect the […]

Keeping Somerset’s roads safe during the coronavirus emergency

Highways maintenance teams across Somerset will be stepping up works to keep highways safe for the NHS, emergency services, delivery vehicles and other essential workers travelling across the county. Somerset County Council, like most local authorities, scaled back some routine highways maintenance, except emergency works, following the introduction of social distancing measures in response to […]

Projects paused as authorities respond to Coronavirus

Several major projects are being unavoidably paused or delayed as councils and health services deal with the impacts of the Coronavirus emergency. Reduced staffing, redeployment of staff to support the vulnerable, supply chain disruption and the impacts of self-isolation and travel restrictions are all having an impact. Together they mean some key pieces of work […]

Vital maintenance to take place on main Bridgwater road

Essential maintenance work is due to take place on the A38 Bristol Road, Dunball in Bridgwater next week. Somerset County Council will be resurfacing Bristol Road to restore its profile, protect the foundations and improve skid conditions. The road will need to be closed while these works take place to ensure the safety of the […]

Offenders on the right path with the highways Community Payback scheme

Offenders taking part in a Community Payback scheme have completed 1,500 hours of work on low-priority highway maintenance activities in Somerset. Somerset County Council has been working in partnership with the Probation Service to trial using offenders to help tidy up the streets. The scheme identifies appropriate highway maintenance jobs – like removing weeds and […]

Essential resurfacing to take place on key Bridgwater road

Vital repair and resurfacing works on the A39 North Street in Bridgwater are due to take place next month. The road is to be resurfaced to restore its profile, protect the foundations and improve skid resistance. Due to the width of the road, and to keep the workforce and travelling public safe, the road will […]