Urgent drain and gully repairs are being undertaken on the A39 Selworthy Road between Headon Cross and Venniford Cross next month.

Somerset Council’s Highways team will be carrying out the repairs and preparatory works under a road closure during daytime hours, 9.30 am – 3 pm between 6 March and 10 March. Outside of these hours, temporary two-way traffic signals will be in place.

All HGV vehicles over 17 tonnes and/or over 9.5m in length will be held at holding areas and access will be granted through the site between 1 pm and 1.30 pm.

Emergency vehicle access will be granted throughout the road closure period. This will be managed by gate personnel.
Access via A39 to Wootton Courtney will be available. We would advise road users to not use this as a local diversion route.

A full road closure is also required for when resurfacing of the road gets underway during night-time hours, 6 pm to 7 am between 13 March and 16 March. The road will be open outside these hours.

The section of the road to be resurfaced – between Headon Cross and Venniford Cross – is 450m long. Access to Wootton Courtney from Venniford Cross will not be available during the closure.

Councillor Mike Rigby, Somerset Council’s Executive Lead Member for Transport and Digital said:

We delayed these works to find a more suitable time so the closures will have a reduced impact on road users. The work is essential – we are improving drainage and carrying out repairs.

However, we understand there will still be disruption which is why undertaking these works outside peaks hour is likely to limit just that.
Our team will do everything they can to minimise this. Our team will be in touch with residents and businesses in the immediate area to ensure they have all the information they need.

Please do check the details on the diversion and plan ahead if you use this route regularly.

Details of approved roadworks can be found on our searchable map at www.travelsomerset.co.uk. If anyone is concerned about roadworks they can flag this to the team by contacting @TravelSomerset on Twitter and Facebook.

picture of road ahead closed and diversion signs

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February 27, 2023

Sophie H