Two key flood protection schemes on the Somerset Levels and Moors will start at the end of September.
Culverts will be installed at Beer Wall on the A372 and a section of road between Muchelney and Drayton will be raised. Both schemes are being carried out as part of the multi-agency 20 Year Flood Action Plan, with the work carried out for Somerset County Council by its contractor, Skanska.
Brief details of the schemes are set out below and we will use this page to keep people updated with their progress.
Road closures and diversions
These are major schemes and cannot be carried out without road closures and diversions.
The A372 will be closed between Aller and Othery at Beer Wall, and a section of Law Lane between Muchelney and Drayton.
Both closures begin on Monday, 29 September and last for up to 11 weeks, though the precise length of closure will depend on how works progress which will be affected by various factors including the weather.
At the same time, an Environment Agency flood protections scheme in Aller means that Aller Drove will be closed from the same date for between 4-6 weeks.
You can find details of the closures and associated diversion routes on our Road closures within South Somerset page and they will also be well sign-posted.
We would usually avoid multiple closures at the same time and understand that this causes inconvenience for drivers and businesses.
At the same time, we all want for flood related schemes to be completed as soon as possible and before the end of this year where possible. Undertaking this work at the same time is the only way that we can hope to achieve this and we ask for your patience and understanding.
A372 Beer Wall
Four new culverts will be installed to the east of Langacre Rhyne, which runs alongside the Sowy under the A372. Last winter the road was flooded at this spot for several weeks and then closed to accommodate emergency pumping. This first phase of the scheme will see a trench cut into the A372 where the culverts will later be installed. A temporary bridge will span the trench so that the road remains open for the winter.
Phase two of the A372 Beer Wall scheme will happen in the spring when weather improves and will see the culverts installed and the road reinstated over them.
Road-raising in Muchelney
In Muchelney a 500m stretch of the Drayton Road from Muchelney will be raised by over 120cm at the lowest point. This should maintain road access to the village if there is a repeat of last winter’s flooding that left the village cut-off for a prolonged period.