You may have heard us talking about this on Tone FM so we wanted to clarify the details of the upcoming closure of the a38 Wellington Road inbound.
The road will be closed for a distance of between 80 and 100 metres from the roundabout at the end of Silk Mills so that Wessex Water can carry out essential improvements to the water mains supplies.
Below is a recent Q & A session we carried out with Wessex Water who are carrying out the roadworks:
What works are taking place?
To allow us to better manage the system in relation to leakage identification and maximising asset life, we are installing a pressure management device and a flowmeter on the existing 6” cast iron supply main located within the inward bound lane of Wellington Road.
The work involves constructing a chamber to allow man entry and associated pipework and furniture to connect this to the supply main in Wellington Road.
When will these works be taking place?
We are starting these essential works on Friday 15 February, running for up to 2 weeks.
We hope to have this work completed earlier, but this is hard to estimate until we have uncovered all the assets, owned by other utilities located within our working area.
Why does the road need to be closed?
Road closures are always the last resort and only used when no alternative forms of traffic management are available.
The existing supply main we need to expose is located close to the central white line within the inward bound lane of Wellington Road. Due to the location of these works being close to the roundabout, it is considered that closing the inward bound lane would be less disruptive than using traffic lights.
Which sections of the road is being closed?
The inward bound lane will be closed from the exit of Galmington Roundabout for approximately 80m. For the duration of these works we will be able to maintain access to all businesses at all times.
What have you done to minimise disruption?
In conjunction with Somerset Highways we have agreed to continue working for 7 days a week until this is completed.
The work has also been scheduled to coincide with school half term, when we expect less traffic at peak times.
What is the diversionary route?
A diversion route suitable for all vehicles will be signposted on site and can also be found in the map below or in searchable form at Travel Somerset.
Somerset County Council has a duty to advertise a diversion route using the same class of road as that which is being closed. As with any road closure, drivers can use their own local knowledge and judgement to find their own alternatives.
This closure will affect school and public transport routes. How will this be managed?
School transport have been consulted and the reply we had from them is as follows: ‘This shouldn’t affect any of our school routes if the works over run other than they may be delayed slightly due to traffic, but I can always arrange to change times if needs be.’
Public transport for the duration of the works inward bound buses will turn left along Silkmills and then turn right into Mountway Road before re-joining the A38 Wellington Road. This will mean that one bus stop, outside the car rental business, will be closed for the duration of these works.
Will works disrupt waste and recycling collections?
Somerset County Council will be contacting the Somerset Waste Partnership with full details of the closures to ensure they can plan accordingly.
How will emergency vehicles get through the closure?
Somerset County Council will be contacting each of the emergency services with full details of the closures to ensure all parties are aware and can plan accordingly.
Why can’t the works be carried out at night?
Some elements of the works are likely to be noisy and would require lighting. This will create a disturbance which would be unfair on residents. Extended working will take place at weekends to minimise the closure duration
Why can’t the road be reopened when work finishes each day?
Safely is the number one priority and with open excavations and heavy machinery in the carriageway it is not possible to open the road at the end of each shift. There are legal requirements as to the minimum widths of carriageway which need to be maintained at all times. Reopening the road at the end of each day would involve temporally back-filling excavations, which would significantly increase the duration of these works.
How are you informing the local and wider community?
We have been in consultation with the County Council to plan these works in a way that minimises the impact on the local community and road users as much as possible. We will continue to update you of progress and any changes via the Wessex Water website and social media channels. If anyone has any questions they can contact us via the details below.
Can I claim compensation for disturbance caused by these works?
Anybody who feels they have been disproportionately affected by these works will need to contact their water supplier, details of which can be found on their last water bill.
Where do I go for more information?
If you have any questions please call our customer services team on 0345 600 4 600 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, emergencies at other times). Alternatively, there is plenty of advice online including frequently asked questions and help from our web chat team. Visit the Wessex Water website.