Beam Repairs To Be Carried Out On Somerset Bridge

People in Somerset travelling at night can expect disruption to their journey next week as bridge protection beam repairs are being undertaken on a railway bridge.

The A37 between Yeovil and Shepton Mallet will close between 21:00 and 06:00 every night from Tuesday 20 February to Saturday 24 February, Somerset Live reports.

The newspaper revealed that 120m of the road will be shut off south of Lydford-on-Fosse and diversions will be put in place.

Instead, drivers should remain on the A303 at Podimore and take the exit for the A359 to Castle Cary and Ansford. At this point, they can travel along the A371 to Shepton Mallet and rejoin the A37 here.

While the diversion may add a bit of time on to motorists’ trip, repair work to bridges, such as bridge bearing replacements, are essential to ensure these structures are kept safe for those who use them, as well as drivers travelling along the road underneath.

One bridge that has impressed engineering experts this year is the A14 Orwell Bridge Strategic Management and Studies project. This has been announced as one of the few developments up for the Sir John Fowler Award from The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Yorkshire and Humber.

The designers were commended for their bearings maintenance strategy and they will find out whether they have won the award on 2 March in Harrogate. This year’s ceremony is especially important as it represents 200 years since the ICE was founded.