Tag Archives: Highways

Roadside grass cutting season is underway

Grass-cutting season is here and Somerset County Council will again be cutting more than 9,400km of roadside verge to help keep drivers safe – that’s the distance from Taunton to Sao Paulo. Somerset County Council cuts roadside verges for safety purposes – to preserve visibility, provide space for pedestrians where there is no pavement, and […]

County Council backs investment programme

Investment of more than £224m in highways, schools, other capital projects over the next four years was agreed by Somerset County Council today. The capital investment programme approved at the Full Council’s budget-setting meeting today will see £89m invested in the county next year alone. This includes £13.5m for secondary and primary schools, £700,000 for […]

Investing millions to improve Somerset’s roads

Millions of pounds will be invested to repair and improve roads across Somerset during the first part of 2019. Somerset County Council is planning a number of major and minor maintenance schemes this quarter, thanks in part to the £9.98m one-off pot of money for road repairs announced by the Department for Transport late last […]

Road closure gates ready for use in case of flooding this winter

Emergency road closure gates on the Somerset Levels are ready to protect drivers from flood water if required this winter. Following the severe Somerset floods of 2014, permanent gates were installed at four locations at risk of flooding to help stop vehicles potentially getting stranded. The gates can be found at Cutts Road (East Lyng […]

Check which roads are gritted this winter

With winter fast approaching, highways teams in Somerset are ready to grit 720 miles of road every time frost, ice or snow is predicted. Because of the huge financial pressures facing Somerset County Council due to falling Government funding combined with rising costs and demand for services, a decision to reduce the budget available for […]

Overnight road closures planned for Yeovil

The next phase of the Yeovil Western Corridor improvement scheme is due to start next month with overnight road closures to avoid the need for more disruptive traffic management. The Western Corridor scheme is a multi-million pound package of improvements by Somerset County Council to ease congestion by increasing the capacity of several junctions and […]

Bridge strengthening work continues

One of the roads into Baltonsborough remains closed for essential repairs to the Mill Bridge (known locally as Nogger’s Bridge) A scheme to reinforce the bridge to bring it up to modern strength requirements began in April and was due to finish last week. However, once work began it became clear that the deck of […]

Highway grass cutting season is underway

The 2018 roadside grass-cutting season is now underway with contractors in action across Somerset to help keep road users safe. As the highway authority, Somerset County Council cuts roadside verges to a minimum of one metre in width to preserve visibility at junctions and bends. This also helps the flow of water along road channels […]

Colley Lane plans taking shape

Construction of a new multi-million pound link road in Bridgwater is set to start in early April following the signing of a key contract. The £18.4m Colley Lane Southern Access Road (CLSAR) plans include two new bridges, 840 metres of carriageway and new cycle and footways. The scheme will help ease congestion along Taunton Road […]

Green light for £18m upgrade of M5 Junction 25

Multi-million pound plans to upgrade Junction 25 of the M5 have moved a step closer following today’s decision to grant planning permission. Junction 25 is the main access point to Taunton and also provides a critical link to the second strategic route into the South West – via the A358 and A303. Somerset County Council […]