Works are continuing to widen the Toneway as part of Somerset County Council’s upgrade of Junction 25 of the M5 in Taunton. Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, the principal contractor for the scheme, has now removed 700 tonnes of sub-base – the material used under the previous road – from the dual carriageway. This will be reused on another part of the project and the company is aiming to remove the remaining 700 tonnes by the end of next week.
The next step will be to lay the new road surface ready for the switch to the next phase of works. Around 1,500 tonnes of Tarmacadam is due to arrive on site later this month.
Two of the three floodwater storage ponds have been completed with a total of approximately 20,000 tonnes of material being removed which will be used as surcharge on the new embankment. This is a load used to settle the ground which will later be removed.
Reinforced concrete works will start on the Blackbrook bridge by the end of the week on the south side and will continue until after Christmas. A spokesman for Alun Griffiths said works in the area had been made challenging by recent adverse weather conditions.
Some 317 metres of new combined kerb drainage has been installed on the left-hand lane of the Toneway heading out of town.
For more information about the M5 J25 improvement scheme, log-on to the dedicated Junction 25 webpage at www.travelsomerset.co.uk/25.