Road reopens after 89 days
The road through Cheddar Gorge finally reopened last night after being closed for nearly three months.
Heavy rain and severe flooding at the end of 2012 damaged large parts of the B3135 and verges, making it unsafe for public use. It has taken Somerset County Council highways staff and contractors since November 26 to get it reopened.
The council says it is the unique geology and geography of the area that meant that water has been channelled into the Gorge causing water to flow down the road in a torrent resulting in significant damage. When the flow of water slowed sufficiently, a team of cavers diverted the flow, which allowed the road and verges to dry out sufficiently so the essential repairs could be made. Further works to the verges is required and temporary traffic measures will be in place while this occurs.
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