Tag Archives: Highways

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 […]

True grit shown in highways response

The highways network in Somerset is returning to normal after some of the worst winter weather experienced in the county for years. Highways teams using snowploughs, blowers, diggers and gritters worked 24/7 from midnight on Wednesday through the weekend to keep main roads clear of snow and ice. Gritting crews covered more than 14,000 miles […]

Highways teams ready for the ‘Beast from the East’

Highways teams are gearing up for a very busy week as the ‘Beast from the East’ potentially brings Siberian weather and hazardous driving conditions to Somerset. Drivers are advised to plan ahead and take precautions with temperatures set to stay close to freezing all week and Met Office warnings in place for snow and ice. […]

A361 to close for essential resurfacing

Drivers are advised to plan their journeys carefully when a busy road on the outskirts of Taunton is closed for essential maintenance later this month. A 1.7-mile section of the A361 near Durston between Walford Cross and the Sedgemoor border is showing signs of deterioration and will be fully resurfaced. Due to the narrow width […]

Council responds to second A358 consultation

Somerset County Council has published its draft response to a second consultation on plans to upgrade the A358. Highways England is currently consulting on a number of options for improvements to the key route between Taunton and Ilminster. In its role as the Highways Authority, the County Council has to give its response to the […]