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County responds to Bridgwater road works complaints
SOMERSET County Council has responded to complaints that road works in the Bath Road area of Bridgwater will drag on too long – and could even affect Bridgwater Carnival.
The council is carrying out a number of roadworks in the area, connected to the construction of the new Bridgwater Hospital.
A lane on the A39 Bath Road is closed and Bower Lane is closed.
According to the council’s website, the Bower Lane work will not be completed until November 4, while the Bath Road section, between Bower Lane and Chedzoy Lane, is not set to finish until December 2.
Bob Cudlipp, who lives in Bridgwater but regularly travels along Bath Road to the outlying villages, says his journeys have been delayed since work began in August.
He criticised the scheduling of the work and questioned the impact it would have on Bridgwater Carnival, on November 2.
He said: “When I come back on the A39, as I do most evenings, I see no work being carried out, and it’s not scheduled to finish for many weeks.
“It could have been started earlier, and they could work at night-times, to finish before Bridgwater Carnival – it will be a big problem for carnival.”
A Somerset County Council spokesman said: “We know how important carnival is to Bridgwater and have been in close liaison with the police events co-ordinator while developing the scheme.
“We are confident that the closure of Bower Lane will have minimal impact on the event.
“During the course of the works two-way traffic flow will be maintained on the A39 Bath Road for the majority of the time, and we will ensure this is the case on carnival night.
“Without the closure of Bower Lane we would need to use three-way temporary lights, which certainly would cause delays.
“We are aware that 24-hour road closures are frustrating but this has to be balanced against safety and, in the case of night-time works, potential to disturb nearby residents.
“The nature of this project is such that it would also be too time-consuming and expensive to fill in partially excavated trenches at the end of each working period in order to re-open the route each day.”
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