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9 March 2015, 05:00
Half a million pounds is being spent making sure 2 roads near Bridgwater can cope with extra traffic for Hinkley.
Urgent night time resurfacing work will be carried out during March on an 800 metre stretch of the A39, Quantock Road, and a 700 metre stretch of the C182, Otterhampton.
The cost of £500,000 for the two schemes will come from the Department for Transport’s £1.6million investment in maintenance of highways west of Bridgwater as part of the ‘Hinkley Growth Deal’. This funding is for improvement works in advance of the main Hinkley Point C build programme and Somerset County Council has organised for the work to be carried out in the evening and overnight to minimise disruption.
The work for the C182 Otterhampton, from Knaplock Lane to Stockland Bristol Road; will take place between 7pm and 5am and the work for A39 Quantock Road, Eastern end will take place between 7pm and 5am. Both works will exclude weekends.
The C182 works will start on Monday 9 March and is scheduled until Wednesday 18 March (although with good weather it could finish sooner). A finalised start date for the A39 works will depend on the completion of the C182 resurfacing. It is scheduled to run from Monday 16 March until Friday 27 March – but it will not actually start until the C182 works are finished.
Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Business, Inwards Investment and Policy Highways, said:
“A road closure is the only option to carry out these essential maintenance works and by doing the work at night we hope to minimise disruption as much as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused in the short-term, but hope people will understand that these schemes are crucial in preparing the roads for increased traffic flow in the longer-term.”
Somerset County Council is working closely with EDF Energy, West Somerset and Sedgemoor District Councils and other partners to maximise the positive economic benefits for local communities and businesses, as well as minimising impacts from Hinkley Point C and its construction.
There are two diversion routes for the closure of the A39, one serving high vehicles (in excess of 4.1m) and the other for normal vehicles:
•For normal vehicles: From the east side of the closure travel into Bridgwater, A38 to Taunton, A3259 (Priorswood Road), A358 (Staplegrove Road) onto the A358 to Williton and back along the A39.
•For high sided vehicles: From the east side of the closure go into Bridgwater, A38 to Taunton, A3259 (Priorswood Road), A358 (Staplegrove Road), B3227 to Wiveliscombe, B3188 to Elworthy Cross, B3224 to Raleigh’s Cross, B3190 through Sticklepath and onto the A39.
C182 Otterhampton, from Knaplock Lane to Stockland Bristol Road:
•From the eastern end of the closure go into Cannington, head westbound onto the A39 to Nether Stowey, north onto Stogursey Lane and then eastbound through Stogursey to Cockwood where you re-join the C182.
Both routes will be fully signed.