Tag Archives: potholes

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 […]

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 […]

Resurfacing to improve two key A roads in South Somerset

Updated 17/2 Major resurfacing schemes to improve two key A roads in South Somerset are due to get underway later this month. The A356 between Merriott and the A303 and the A372 Langport Road near Long Sutton are both showing signs of deterioration. Somerset County Council will be carrying out major engineering work to repair […]

New road deal pledges fewer potholes and more local jobs

Fewer potholes, more work for local businesses and more satisfied communities are among the goals of a new multi-million pound highways contract for Somerset signed today. Somerset County Council and Skanska have agreed a deal for highways maintenance in the county which will run from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2024, with the option […]

Report highway issues using a new online map

A new online map has been launched by Somerset County Council to allow people to easily report potholes and other issues on Somerset’s roads. ‘Report It’ allows users to report any highways issues across all 4,206 miles of Somerset’s highways – from potholes and blocked drains to overgrown hedges or traffic light faults. You can […]

Somerset County Council responds to Pothole Action Fund

Somerset County Council has welcomed news of a one-off pot of £1.17m to fix potholes in Somerset – but says a greater long term investment in road maintenance is still required. Today’s announcement from the Department for Transport of a national Pothole Action Fund claims the money could be used to fill 22,000 potholes in […]

Receive email updates when you report a pothole

Members of the public who report potholes can now receive email updates to track the repair process. The new initiative means anyone who notifies Somerset County Council of a potential safety defect can choose to be kept up to date by email. Emails will be sent to acknowledge your contact and again once the location […]

Engineers tackle underwater potholes

Filling in potholes is usually a straightforward job – but not when they lie at the bottom of the fast-flowing River Axe. Somerset County Council’s highways engineers faced an unusual challenge recently when maintaining the road at Monks Ford near Wookey. Several deep potholes had formed within the ford and some specialist repair techniques were […]

Highways called to attend ‘exploded’ road

Highways engineers from Somerset County Council were quick to respond following reports that a road in South Somerset had ‘exploded’. The damage, thought to have been caused by a burst water pipe, blocked part of the carriageway of the A37 near Ilchester on Thursday (Jan 8). Highways were notified by a member of the public […]

Resurfacing on key road into Yeovil

A key road into Yeovil which was badly damaged by the severe winter weather is to be resurfaced. The A37 Ilchester Road suffered from considerable potholing during the prolonged periods of rain and flooding experienced last winter. Emergency repairs were carried out at the time but the road requires more extensive resurfacing. Somerset County Council […]