Vital maintenance on main route into Chard

One of the main routes through Chard town centre is set for essential maintenance works later this month.Somerset County Council will be resurfacing and improving the A358 Furnham Road as part of its long-term maintenance programme.

This involves removing the old surface of the road to an average depth of 50mm before laying a new material using specialist equipment.

The work affects the stretch of road between the B&Q traffic lights and Thorndun Park Drive and will be split into two phases:

Preparatory works are due to start on 22 May and take three weeks (working between 7.30am to 6pm and excluding weekends). Furnham Road will remain open throughout this phase, although temporary traffic lights will be required at times in certain locations.

Carriageway resurfacing works will then begin on 15 June and are expected to take 5 nights. Due to the narrow width of the road, and to ensure the safety of the workforce and the travelling public, it will be necessary to close the road during working hours (6pm to 7.30am), with staff available on site to help with any specific requests for access.

A spokesman for Somerset County Council said: “This is vital resurfacing work to improve a busy road near the town centre. Although we’ll be taking all reasonable steps to minimise disruption, we do appreciate that some inconvenience is unavoidable. Please take note of the details and plan your journeys carefully. You can also stay up to date by following @TravelSomerset on Twitter or visiting www.travelsomerset.co.uk.”

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