Works to reduce flooding in Carhampton are being carried out for Somerset Rivers Authority by Somerset County Council’s Highways department.
The £350,000 scheme covers the A39, B3191 Eastbury Road / Blue Anchor road, Hill Lane and Orchard Road in Carhampton.
Works started on 11 October.
Drainage improvements include bigger pipes, better gullies, and new water control features such as concrete chambers and a catch-pit. The A39 has also been resurfaced for the Highways department by contractors Milestone.
For many years the A39 at Carhampton Cross regularly flooded so badly it was dangerous or impossible to drive through. This caused widespread disruption for residents, businesses and visitors.
Water cascading down from Carhampton Cross also regularly flooded the B3191 Eastbury Road / Blue Anchor road, and hit people’s homes.
Latest information on Carhampton flood works and road closures
Drainage improvement works in Carhampton have moved on from their initial focus on the A39 to the B3191 Eastbury Road, also known as the Blue Anchor road.
The B3191 Eastbury Road is now closed between 8am and 4.30pm for approximately two weeks, except for emergency vehicles on 999 calls. The road will be reopened daily at 4.30pm, with temporary traffic lights in operation.
The photo at the top of this page shows the junction of the B3191 and A39, beneath which a new section of culvert has been installed. Photos below show work in progress.
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No more closures of the A39 at Carhampton Cross are planned.
Any minor works left to be completed along the A39 will be carried out, with a temporary traffic lights system in place to help protect workers, when the B3191 Eastbury Road works have been finished.
Elsewhere in Carhampton, drainage improvements in Hill Lane (Withycombe road) have been completed ahead of schedule, and works have begun in Orchard Road. As Orchard Road is a private culture-de-sac, works here are not expected to cause any issues for the travelling public.
During these works, diversion routes will be clearly signposted on site or can be found at www.travelsomerset.co.uk/roadworks
Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport said: “We’re really grateful to local people and road users for their patience during these works.”
For earlier updates about these works – including photos – see: