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MIllions of pounds of road repairs confirmed

Almost £10 million of road repairs across Somerset are to take place within this financial year.

The county council say it's thanks to a one-off grant by the Department for Transport.

Among the roads to benefit are the A38 Huntworth Roundabout at M5 Juntion 24 along with Chilkwell Street in Glastonbury and the A39 at East Quantoxhead.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: "The extra funding received from the DfT late last year was very welcome and I'm pleased we can now confirm a list of locations for improvements on top of other works already planned.

"Spending this money at short notice is a challenge and while we are always very grateful for extra cash we do repeat our calls for more certainty over highways funding in the long term which would allow us to plan ahead more effectively.

"Nevertheless, we’ve worked hard to revise our plans and bring forward some much-needed schemes so there's no doubt this money will lead to better roads and less future disruption for drivers.

"Clearly, there will be some impact in the short-term with road closures needed to carry out the work safely, but we hope motorists can be patient and understand the long-term benefits.

"The DfT has requested the funding is spent by the end of the financial year."

Some of the major schemes include:

  • A38 Huntworth Roundabout (Junction 24)
  • A358 between Thornfalcon and Southfields Roundabout, Ilminster
  • A367 Bath Road, Ashwick
  • Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury
  • A361 Frome Bypass Berkley Roundabout
  • A361 Frome Cemetery Roundabout
  • A39 East Quantoxhead
  • Admiralty Way and Creechbarrow Way, Taunton
  • A358 Hankridge Roundabout, Taunton
  • A358 Sampford Brett
  • A30 Snowdon Hill, Chard

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