Taunton road to close for three weeks during repair to damaged culverts

Cllr Harvey Siggs

Cllr Harvey Siggs

First published in News

URGENT repairs to damaged culverts running under a main road into Taunton are to be carried out next week.

Somerset County Council Highways engineers were working to repair the road edge along Priorswood Road when they noticed that one culvert had partially collapsed, while a second culvert was also blocked and damaged.

Work to make the structures safe started on Monday (July 21) and the road will need to be fully closed from Nerrols Farm Lane to Maidenbrook Lane for up to three weeks from next Monday (July 28).

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “These repairs are absolutely essential.

“It is regrettable that the road must be fully closed, but when you’re working on structures under the highway that is the only option to carry out the majority of the works.

“Thank you for your patience, and please be assured that our contractor will be working 12 hour days, six days a week wherever possible and we will reopen the road as soon as we can.”

Repairs at this site are further complicated by the substantial number of services within the carriageway that have to be worked around.

The work will also include measures to increase the capacity of the culverts which should help to prevent the risk of flooding in the future.

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4:37pm Thu 24 Jul 14

timmybadger says...

The A38 through Bathpool could be interesting for the next 3 weeks then....
The A38 through Bathpool could be interesting for the next 3 weeks then.... timmybadger
  • Score: 13

7:44pm Thu 24 Jul 14

jamking says...

The cycletrack bypasses the road closure as an alternative route if you don't need to be in a car or van.
The cycletrack bypasses the road closure as an alternative route if you don't need to be in a car or van. jamking
  • Score: 11

7:33am Fri 25 Jul 14

Dr Dave says...

Good to see the works being programmed in during the holidays with some decent working hours from the contractors, together with it being proactively announced by SCC & Cllr Siggs.
Good to see the works being programmed in during the holidays with some decent working hours from the contractors, together with it being proactively announced by SCC & Cllr Siggs. Dr Dave
  • Score: 7

3:26pm Sun 27 Jul 14

heather147 says...

Does anyone know if, in the near future, there will be one whole day in Taunton with no road works/temporary traffic lights/water works of any kind?
Does anyone know if, in the near future, there will be one whole day in Taunton with no road works/temporary traffic lights/water works of any kind? heather147
  • Score: 19

12:40pm Mon 28 Jul 14

janeer says...

Could this collapse have been avoided by competently shoring up the road edge at the very start of these road works?
Could this collapse have been avoided by competently shoring up the road edge at the very start of these road works? janeer
  • Score: 6

10:38pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Harryhourse says...

So this road has now been closed for two days. Any work been done ?????
So this road has now been closed for two days. Any work been done ????? Harryhourse
  • Score: 7

11:50am Thu 31 Jul 14

RuthHenlade says...

This means the A38 is even worse as no one can divert through Priorswood

This will have drastic effect on the main road Tonedale to Taunton
This means the A38 is even worse as no one can divert through Priorswood This will have drastic effect on the main road Tonedale to Taunton RuthHenlade
  • Score: 1

12:53pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Harryhourse says...

Perhaps the Gazette could get a daily update on the repairs to keep us informed of the speedy work being done to re-open this road within the estimated 3 week closure.
Perhaps the Gazette could get a daily update on the repairs to keep us informed of the speedy work being done to re-open this road within the estimated 3 week closure. Harryhourse
  • Score: 2

1:26pm Thu 31 Jul 14

heather147 says...

Yesterday, I was travelling down Trull Road towards Taunton. There were some temporary traffic lights. "Oh no what are they doing now?" I thought.

Traffic was being held up by these temporary traffic lights - for someone to build a wall outside their house (honest!).

Surely a couple of cones would have sufficed?
Yesterday, I was travelling down Trull Road towards Taunton. There were some temporary traffic lights. "Oh no what are they doing now?" I thought. Traffic was being held up by these temporary traffic lights - for someone to build a wall outside their house (honest!). Surely a couple of cones would have sufficed? heather147
  • Score: -1

1:40pm Thu 31 Jul 14

TreePlanter says...

In reply to heather147;

Personally, I think a wall is more aesthetically pleasing, than a couple of cones..............
In reply to heather147; Personally, I think a wall is more aesthetically pleasing, than a couple of cones.............. TreePlanter
  • Score: 0

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