roadworks 'gridlock' prompts council response
County Council has defended its policy on co-ordinating roadworks
following a month of disruptive closures and diversions along key
roads in Burnham-On-Sea.
have complained after Love Lane, Berrow Road and Oxford Street were
partially or fully closed at the same time, causing long tailbacks
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, a spokesman for Somerset County Council's
highways team said: "We receive around 85 requests for roadworks
every day and work hard to co-ordinate them all so that disruption
is kept to a minimum."
Burnham, Wessex Water is upgrading a sewer until May. Meanwhile,
Wales and West Utilities requested to maintain gas pipes. If either
scheme were delayed, this would have meant roadworks running into
the busy summer season, which we try to avoid if possible."
roadworks on Oxford Street were emergency cable repair works by
Western Power Distribution. We cannot stop emergency repairs and
we also have a duty to allow utility firms to maintain their apparatus
to ensure services for local people are not disrupted."
has received feedback from many local residents in recent weeks
refarding the disruption.
reader, Vickie McDiarmid, said: "Great planning! Roadworks
everywhere in Burnham causing major traffic disruption. Hawley Way,
Berrow Road and Oxford Street. Who actually sorts this out, does
no-one communicate to see what else is going on in the area at the
same time! Rant over!"
reader, Greg Smith, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There always
appears to be minimal co-ordination between the various services
- water, electric, phone, etc. The latest works caused gridlock
and long delays at peak times. That said, I'm relieved the works
didn't all go ahead at at peak summer holiday time!"