A temporary one-way system will be in use over the river bridge on Western Way from Monday 14th to Friday 18th November. Traffic will not be able to cross the bridge from Wylds Road towards Wembdon.
The closure is to enable Wessex Water to carry out urgent leak repairs. The online map shows the extent of the closure, and the official closure notice is also online.
The Principal Communications Officer for Somerset County Council made the following statement earlier this week:
We wanted to make you aware of the above works by Wessex Water as these works have implications for the wider network surrounding Bridgwater.
Wessex Water require network occupation to attend to a mains water leak affecting the A39 Saltlands Bridge (A39 Western Way). The leak appears to be from a suspended water pipe beneath the bridge structure where it enters the side of the structure at approx. sub soil level in the bridge abutments. At this point in time the severity of the leak is unknown and there is a degree of urgency now it has been recognised. Until the ground is broken Wessex Water cannot fully confirm the length of time required for a repair, so Wessex Water have currently requested five days.
To allow Wessex Water to safely undertake the works a lane closure will be required as given the proximity to the signal controlled junction with The Drove, the use of portable traffic signals will not be suitable so a one way system will be put into place. The bridge will be closed to westbound traffic only so to provide a safe working area for the Wessex Water team undertaking the works. We anticipate these works may cause severe network congestion, particularly at peak hours as this route serves West Somerset and Hinkley Point, the signed diversion route will via Monmouth Street, Broadway and Wembdon Road.
Along with Wessex Water this morning our team met the both the Headteacher and Duty Headteacher of Chiltern [sic] Trinity School this morning to discuss the impact as footfall is around 500 – 600 pupils with approx. 260 arriving via Coach, this does not count the parents that drive to the school. While footfall will be maintained though [sic] the works site with marshals in place. Given the anticipated delays, the school had decided that a delayed start to the school day for the week may be the best approach. This will allow additional time for staff and the school buses to travel the diversion route.
Transporting Somerset have been informed along with EDF and they have no concerns at present, we will use VMS signs on the A38 Bristol Road approach and will speak to National Highways to see if there are signage options so to encourage traffic for West Somerset to consider Junctions 24 & 25.