The Colley Lane southern access road will improve access to the Colley Lane Industrial Estate, enabling drivers from the south to avoid the busy Taunton Road.
Construction of the 950-metre long access road includes two new bridges – one an in-situ concrete arch structure over the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal and the second a 52-metre single-span steel composite bridge over the tidal River Parrett.
The route of the new link road crosses the site of a former brick works, where the clay extraction pit has been filled with cellophane waste. The approach embankment to the new bridge over the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal will be constructed over this.
The estimated contract value published in the contract notice last year was £20m but the price agreed with Belfast-based Whitemountain Quarries – one of seven bidders for the job – is £15m.