A MAJOR road that has been "steadily declining" will be closed for a fortnight next month.

Resurfacing work is being carried out on the Hartlake Straight on the A39 Wells Road.

The road surface from the Tin Bridge roundabout just outside Glastonbury towards Polsham is in urgent need of repair.

The scheme will be carried out from Monday, August 16, to Friday, August 27 and requires a 24/7 road closure for the duration of the works to ensure the safety of the workforce and public.

A diversion will be in place.

A Somerset County Council spokesperson said the work has been scheduled during the summer holidays to minimise disruption as much as possible. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

Cllr John Woodman, cabinet member for highways, said: “This section of the A39 needs to be resurfaced for everyone’s safety so it is good news that the team will get the work done this summer.

“We appreciate that it will be disruptive in the short term, but this will increase the life of the road by many years.

"There will be a diversion for the duration of the works, so I encourage everyone to plan ahead to avoid delays.”

Access to households and businesses in the area will be maintained throughout and the team will liaise closely with those in the immediate area of the works.

Deliveries and access will be accommodated through on-site operational staff. Every effort will be made to keep the duration of the works to a minimum.

During the road closure a suggested diversion route will be clearly signposted on site.