Somerset Highways has advised the town councll of its intention to resurface Station Road. The preparatory work  will require evening closure from 18:30 to 23:30 from 16 October 2023 to 20 October 2023 and the resurfacing itself will require evening closure from 18:30 to 23:30 from 23 October 2023 to 25 October 2023. At other times the road will be open to traffic.

The text of the notification from Somerset Council reads as follows:

B3081 Station Road, Bruton, Somerset

Advance notification of major road works

16 October 2023 – 25 October 2023

Somerset County Council, as the Highway Authority, has a statutory duty to maintain the roads in Somerset, except for the motorway and trunk roads. There is around 4,000 miles of highway network in total, all of which require some form of maintenance at some time in its life.

The B3081 Station Road is showing signs of failure. There are numerous cracks in the road and settlement across the carriageway width.

This location has been subject to many visits to undertake repairs in the past, clearly this is unsustainable and larger scale works need to be carried out.

Proposed works

The proposed maintenance works will include minor works to the existing drainage systems and renewal of kerbs where required. The whole length of road from the Silver Street and Patwell Street junction to the railway bridge will be resurfaced. (See plan on the last page of this Information Sheet).

Following consideration of all options at the design stage, we have concluded that it will be necessary to undertake prep works during the week prior to the closure.

The Prep Works will need to be carried out using a full evening closure (18:30 to 23:30 – 16 October to 20 October) due to the safety requirements of our colleagues and the width of the road.

The Resurfacing will take place over three evenings (23 October – 25 October) – it will be necessary to fully close the road between 18:30hrs – 23:30hrs during these days. The Road will be open to traffic at the weekend and during the daytime. An alternative route will be signed (plan of alternative route attached) whilst the road is closed.

We will of course need to maintain access to any households and businesses within the closure and will work closely with those affected by the works. Deliveries and access will be accommodated by liaison with on-site operational staff. Every effort will be made to keep the duration of the works to a minimum.

Works Programme.

Any changes to the works programme will be displayed on site information boards.

Questions and answers…

Why is the road closed for the resurfacing?

Put simply, the road is just too narrow to allow us to keep it open during the surfacing works. We must comply with the National Code of Practice for road works.  We would be breaking the law if we ignored this and clearly it would not be safe for either the travelling public or the workforce

Will the road be open during the daytime?

It’s our intention to open the road during the daytime to allow Bruton and its community to continue business as usual with minimal disruption.

Why have you chosen those dates?

There is no perfect time to carry out major works like this, but we have tried to avoid key dates and local events and have understood the pressures on the Town as a result of the summer works already carried out. We accept that it will still have a considerable impact on the travelling public, which is why we are giving advance notification of the works.

More information

There is a still a great deal to do and some aspects of the works are still uncertain. Further communications may be issued as the extent of the scheme becomes clearer. However, we wanted to alert you to the works as early as possible. We recognise this will inevitably have a big impact on the community and we will do our very best to manage and mitigate.

Roads locally which are unsuitable for diverted traffic will be signed during the closure period. Also, advance signing will be put in place at appropriate locations warning of the closure to minimise excessive use of minor roads. In the meantime, if you have any questions, queries or observations on the works, please use the contact details below:

 

Call 0300 123 2224 or

Email countyroads-southsom@somerset.gov.uk

 

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