DRIVERS are being warned to expect delays as work to resurface a busy Bridgwater road is carried out.

A section of the A39 Bath Road, between Bailey Street and College Way, is showing signs of deterioration and will be fully resurfaced as part of Somerset County Council’s highways maintenance programme.

Preparatory work gets underway on Monday, July 23, and take an estimated 15 days, excluding the weekend.

The initial works, involving repairs to the kerbs, footways and drainage system, will take place under temporary traffic lights during off-peak hours - 9.30am to 3.30pm - to minimise disruption.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “The A39 Bath Road is a key route into Bridgwater so these improvements are very welcome, although it does of course mean some further short-term disruption while work is underway.

“We’re bringing in extra resource and will do what we can to keep this to a minimum, but please take note of the details and plan ahead to avoid being caught out.”

The resurfacing itself will start on Tuesday, August 14, taking two days and the road will be closed between 7.30am and 6pm.

However, the road will also be closed but for longer - from 7.30am to 11.30pm - for another two days from August 16.

Access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times, although some delays are possible. The area next to the business parks will be resurfaced in the evenings to minimise disruption.

The work has been co-ordinated with recent highways work associated with EDF Energy’s Bri A campus along Bath Road.

These works are due to recommence on July 2, with temporary traffic lights in place where required.

While the road is closed, a suggested diversion route suitable for all vehicles will be clearly signposted on site.