July 8, 2016
Mark Causeway re-opens after four months... but will close in August

The Causeway through the village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea is set to re-open today (Friday) following a four-month closure for sewer works, but more roadworks are set to shut the road again in August.

Wessex Water has been installing a new sewer under the road since April and has this week said the work is finishing a month earlier than planned.

However, the road will close again in August when Somerset County Council begins to resurface it following the completion of excavating.

Resurfacing will start on Monday 1st August and is expected to take four weeks to complete, says the council.

"Bringing this start date forward was considered, but by timing the work to take place during the school holidays it is hoped to minimise disruption as much as possible," added a spokesman.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, told "It is great news that Wessex Water has finished this major scheme early and I’m pleased we can now finish the job by resurfacing the road."

"We appreciate it is frustrating that we have to return at a later date, but we believe it will be far less disruptive, particularly for school transport, if the work takes place as originally planned in August."

"The end is in sight, but we appreciate that this is further inconvenience so I’d like to thank the local community for their continued patience and understanding."

The council says the resurfacing will cover the stretch of road from the junction of Pillmore Lane to the junction of Yarrow Road.

It will require a road closure, but this will be phased in order to minimise the impact on local traffic.

Local access to businesses and properties will be maintained wherever possible, and it is hoped the road will be open to traffic at the weekends.


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