ONE of South Somerset's key link roads is to be closed for the next two weeks, so that damaged drains can be repaired.

A section of the drains on the A3088 Cartgate Link Road - which connects the A303 (between Bower Hinton/Martock and Tintinhull) to Yeovil - is to be replaced by Somerset County Council's Highways team, to stave off the risk of flooding.

The works will also include installing a filter drain under the surface of the carriageway to improve reliability of the system.

As a result, the road will be closed for 24 hours a day between Monday, February 15 and Friday, February 26, in order to ensure the safety of the workforce and the travelling public.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council cabinet member for Highways, said: “Flood prevention is always a priority, but at this time of year it is vital as standing water ices over easily.

“So it’s important that we carry out the work now, while also taking advantage of lighter traffic flows during the current lockdown.

“We’ll do our very best to minimise the disruption; the long-term benefit of this work will be ensuring efficient drainage for years to come on a very busy stretch of road.

“Please ensure you plan ahead before the work starts next week.”

During the road closure a suggested diversion route will be signposted on site, or it can be found on the Travel Somerset website.