Tag Archives: Highways

Winter is coming… and our highways team is ready

Winter is coming – and Somerset County Council’s highways team is ready with 7,000 tonnes of grit and seven new gritters. Salt barns across Somerset are now fully stocked and the fleet of 23 gritters is on standby to treat 900 miles of road every time ice is expected. Cllr John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s […]

Enter the dragon (patcher)

A fire-breathing ‘dragon’ is the latest weapon being used to slay potholes in Somerset. Somerset County Council and its highways contractor Skanska are committed to using new equipment and techniques to reduce costs and improve services. The dragon patcher – so called because it uses flames to dry and heat the road surface – is […]

Major drainage upgrade on A372 at Aller

A major engineering scheme to upgrade drainage on the A372 at Aller starts next week. The section of Aller Road and High Street has been subject to issues with standing water and localised flooding in the past. This scheme will replace the whole drainage system along a 550m stretch of road, including new chambers, covers […]

Surface dressing season now complete

A multi-million pound programme to improve more than 200 miles of road at more than 150 sites across Somerset is now complete – despite the challenges of the English summer. Surface dressing is a nationally-recognised maintenance technique for sealing a road, improving skid resistance and preventing water getting under the surface. This is crucial to […]

Major drainage upgrade on A37 at Oakhill

A major engineering scheme to upgrade drainage and replace more than 1km of old pipe is due to take place on the A37 at Oakhill next month. The section of road between the Bath Road junction and Golf Links Lane junction has been subject to a number of minor repairs in recent times and the […]

A378 to close for essential flood prevention work

The A378 Langport Road will be closed for five weeks over the summer holidays for essential drainage improvements. The section of the road between Wrantage and Fivehead, known locally as Mile Hill, has been susceptible to flooding in recent times with surface water on the carriageway during times of bad weather. Work is due to […]

New road in Taunton to open tomorrow

Taunton’s new Northern Inner Distributor Road (NIDR) is set to open to traffic tomorrow (Tuesday). The multi-million pound scheme provides a new link from Priory Avenue to Staplegrove Road and will unlock valuable development land and tackle congestion in the town. The scheme is being delivered by contractors Carillion on behalf of Somerset County Council […]

Investing in better roads at 150 sites across Somerset

A multi-million pound programme to improve 150 sites covering more than 200 miles of Somerset’s roads is due to start next week. Surface dressing is a nationally-recognised maintenance technique for sealing a road, improving skid resistance and preventing water getting under the surface. This is crucial to help stop potholes forming. It works by coating […]

Plans for major Yeovil drainage scheme taking shape

Plans for a major engineering scheme in Yeovil are taking shape with teams set to work 24 hours a day to keep disruption to a minimum. The A30 Sherborne Road is showing significant signs of deterioration and it was announced last year that drainage improvement works were needed. Drainage work involves deep excavations under the […]

Vital maintenance on main route into Chard

One of the main routes through Chard town centre is set for essential maintenance works later this month. Somerset County Council will be resurfacing and improving the A358 Furnham Road as part of its long-term maintenance programme. This involves removing the old surface of the road to an average depth of 50mm before laying a […]