First proposals have been revealed on how Somerset County Council will use a £10m grant from Government to tackle flooding issues on our roads.
The grant was announced by the Department for Transport at the same time as full details of the much heralded 20 year Flood Action Plan were announced.
“This funding is great news for Somerset and in particular great news for our flooded communities,” said Council Leader John Osman.
“We will work with our partners to assess how best to invest this funding to best serve our families, communities and businesses.”
The funding for the roads could see a series of projects get underway including:
- Clear up the roads from silt and debris and make urgent safety repairs to ensure the roads are safe for traffic.
- Deep clean the drainage system and undertake electrical repairs.
- Repair bridges other structures and rights of way.
- Rebuild and resurface the roads using more flood resistant surfacing where required.
- Install flood gates and diversionary signage to manage future flood events.
And a further major project could get underway which would see adaptions to the A372 near Langport to accomodate a larger channel for the Sowy, expected by the end of the year.
The funding will also help Somerset County Council undertake a number of transport studies to improve the resilience of the A361 and other road schemes including raising sections of an essential road link into the community Muchelney.
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