VIDEO | 200 miles of roadworks to take place in 150 places in Somerset this summer
Summer and roadworks – two words which, when put together, cause many a motorist’s heart to sink.
And while Sherborne Road may now be done and dusted – at least until the next round of roadworks start in July – there are many more sites around Somerset which could do with fixing up.
To that end, Somerset County Council has published details of its surface dressing programme, designed to stop potholes forming by sealing a road with a new layer of bitumen and rolled stone chippings.
This summer, more than 200 miles of road will be resurfaced, with 150 separate sites getting the treatment.
Councillor John Woodman, cabinet member for highways, said: “Surface dressing is an extremely important road maintenance technique as it allows us to reseal a tired road and significantly extend its life.
“Although surface dressing can receive bad press because it initially leaves loose chippings on the road, it is generally a lot quicker and less disruptive than conventional resurfacing and a great deal more cost-effective.”
Among the roads being resurfaced from Monday (June 19) are the A359 and B3148 – used by motorists as an unofficial diversion between Yeovil and Sherborne during the Sherborne Road junction upgrade.
Here are some of the other major routes being given the once-over this year:
- A30 St Rayn Hill (between Chard and Crewkerne)
- A30 West Coker Hill (between Crewkerne and Yeovil)
- A358 Peasmarsh (between Chard and Ilminster)
- A359 Galhampton Road (between Sparkford and Castle Cary)
- A37 Dorchester Road (between Yeovil and the Dorset border)
- B3151 Littleton Hill (between Somerton and Street)
- B3153 Kingweston Road (between Somerton and Castle Cary)
A council spokesperson said: “Surface dressing teams are mobile and the work is dependent on dry weather. This means the rolling programme is flexible and dates can change at short notice.”