Key stretch of A303 in Somerset to remain closed until Monday
Written by Somerset Live on May 14, 2022
A stretch of the A303 is currently closed as work to install a bridge started late Friday night. The work is taking place on Steart Hill between Hazelgrove roundabout and Podimore roundabout, with clearly marked diversion routes redirecting commuters via the A359 and the A37.
The new bridge is being installed to lessen the impact of workers in their day to day business during the major upgrades which are taking place on the busy road, with construction traffic transporting earth from one side of the site to the other no longer needing to use the A303.
National Highways has revealed. A 200-tonne crane will be used to lift the new bridge into place between Friday, May 13 and 5am on Monday, May 16.
The wide raft of improvements coming to the A303 started in 2021 and are due to be completed in 2024. The delivery of this scheme is part of a long term aim to create a high-quality dual carriageway link between London and the South East and the South West.
Traffic monitoring service Inrix states: “A303 in both directions closed, delays expected due to weekend works until the early hours of Monday morning between A37 (Podimore Roundabout, Podimore) and A359 (Hazelgrove roundabout, Sparkford).”
National Highways is working with construction firm Galliford Try to deliver the scheme, and Hannah Sanderson, programme manager at National Highways, said: “The temporary bridge installation marks a significant milestone for this major scheme, which is incredibly important for Somerset’s future and vital to the A303/A358 corridor. It’s exciting how work is progressing.
“This temporary haulage bridge means we can minimise disruption throughout the build. We will ensure motorists are fully informed of diversions and suggested routes via signing and the media. We advise drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys over the weekend.”
With construction now well underway, the A303 upgrade is scheduled to be open to traffic in spring 2024 and you can find out more about the scheme and the construction process on National Highways’ virtual exhibition here.