B3135 Cheddar Gorge road to reopen three months after flood damage closure
The B3135 road through Cheddar Gorge will reopen at 5pm this afternoon, nearly three months after it was closed due to flood damage.
Heavy rain and severe flooding in November damaged large parts of the road and its verges, making it unsafe for vehicles.
Somerset County Council's highways staff and contractors have been joined by volunteers working to repair the road.
The council said the unique geology and geography of the area meant that water had been channelled into the Gorge, causing water to flow down the road in a torrent resulting in significant damage.
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When the flow of water slowed sufficiently, a team of cavers diverted the flow into an ‘adit’ upstream from Black Rock, which allowed the road and verges to dry out sufficiently so the essential repairs could be made.
Further works to the roads verges will be required and temporary traffic measures will be in place while this work is carried out, but vehicles will be able to use the road again from 5pm.
The council's cabinet member for highways, Cllr Harvey Siggs, said: “I am extremely pleased that we can now re-open the B3135 through Cheddar Gorge.
“I would like to thank local communities, businesses and motorists for their continued patience and support.”