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Road recycling scheme complete

Road recycling

A second main road in Somerset has been rebuilt on time using an innovative recycling technique.

On-site recycling by Somerset County Council of 70% of the previous surface of the A39 through Loxley Woods near Ashcott reduced the need to transport materials, meaning fewer lorry movements.

The council said this saved money because the work, which could have taken several months using traditional resurfacing, was completed in four weeks.

Road recycling is not suitable for all types of road but can work well in certain locations. The council previously used it on the A3088 Cartgate link road near Yeovil, which was completed in five weeks.

David Fothergill, the council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “This was potentially a very disruptive scheme to upgrade one of our busier roads. However, by carrying out the work at night and using clever engineering, we’ve been able to keep this to an absolute minimum.

“My thanks to all those involved and for the travelling public who have been very patient while work was underway.”


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