Dunball Roundabout

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Dunball Roundabout
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Location
Dunball
County
Somerset
Highway Authority
Somerset
Junction Type
Roundabout
Roads Joined
A38, A39

Dunball Roundabout connects the A38 with the A39 Spur that passes through Dunball Interchange with the M5. The south eastern (A38) and north eastern (A39) arms are both dualled to provide Bridgwater with easy access to the M5, while the northern arm of the A38 is S2. There is also a western turning providing access to an animal feeds factory and Dunball Wharf on the River Parrett.

Routes

Route To Notes

A38

Pawlett, West Huntspill, Highbridge, Vehicle Auction Centre

A38

Bridgwater, Minehead (A39)

A39

Glastonbury, Motorway M5, Puriton, Woolalvington

History

Dunball Roundabout was constructed in the early 1970s as part of a large scheme to connect Bridgwater to the new M5. The route between Downend and Crandon Bridge had long been used as a link between the A38 and A39, so it was decided to construct the new Dunball Interchange near it so that both routes could access the M5.

This involved a new section of road through the new junction and then a short dualled road to the new Dunball Roundabout. This new road became a spur of the A39. At the same time, the A38 south to Bridgwater was dualled, with an often wide central reservation. As Bridgwater was, and indeed still is, an important industrial town these new roads were seen as essential in maintaining its industries by providing high quality links to the motorway network.

It was not just the roundabout and A39 spur that were constructed to improve Bridgwater's connections to the outside world however. 130 years earlier, the A38's predecessor was the Bridgwater - Bristol Turnpike. It would have originally forked off the Bath Road at Crandon Bridge to cross to Pawlett. However, this route was often flooded and almost impassable for the winter months, so the Turnpike Trust decided to construct a new route on a firm base along side the River Parrett.

The 'new' Bristol Road proved to be such a good route that the old Bath Road was almost ignored in the winter months, travellers preferring to take the longer but quicker route along the new road, before turning right at Downend to follow the Polden Ridge and so avoid the treacherous crossing of Horsey Level.



Dunball Roundabout
Junctions on the A38
Bodmin - ExeterCallywith • Toll Gate House • Carminow Cross • Turfdown Roundabout • Twelvewoods Roundabout • Looe Mills • Moorswater • Island Shop • Lean Quarry • Menheniot • Trerulefoot Roundabout • Notter Bridge • Stoketon Cross • Latchbrook • Carkeel Roundabout • Saltash Town • St Budeaux • Weston Mill • Manadon • Forder Valley • Marsh Mills • Deep Lane • Voss Farm • Smithaleigh • Lee Mill • Westover • Wrangaton Cross • Woodpecker • Marley Head • Drybridge • Lower Dean • Dart Bridge • Peartree • Linhay Hill • Goodstone Cross • Drumbridges • Clay Lane • Chudleigh Station • Harcombe • Haldon • Splatford Split • Kennford • Wobbly Wheel • Pearce's Hill • Cullumpton
Tiverton - BristolTiverton Parkway • Waterloo Cross • Maiden Down • Perry Elm Roundabout • Chelston Roundabout • Chelston • Creech Castle • Walford Cross • Huntworth • Cross Rifles Roundabout • Dunball Roundabout • Edithmead • Cornhill • East Brent Roundabout • Cross • Churchill Gate Crossroads • Barrow Tanks • Lime Kiln Roundabout • Bedminster Bridge
Bristol - BirminghamSt James Barton • Filton Roundabout • Aztec West • Almondsbury Roundabout • Cross Keys Roundabout • Waterwells Roundabout • Wall's Roundabout • Coombe Hill • Gupshill Roundabout • Twyning • Rashwood • Slideshow Island • Harvester Island • Lydiate Ash • The Black Horse Junction • The Isaac Tongue Junction • Belgrave Interchange • Holloway Circus  • Paradise Circus  • St Chads Circus  • Lancaster Circus  • Dartmouth Circus • Park Circus
Birmingham - MansfieldGravelly Hill • Salford Circus • Birches Green • The Norton Crossroads • Tyburn House Island • Minworth Island • Langely Mill • Bassetts Pole • Weeford • Swinfen • Streethay • Hillards Cross • Barton Turn • Branston Junction • Clay Mills • Toyota Island • Findern • Kingsway Roundabout • Markeaton Island • Palm Court Island • Little Eaton Roundabout • Coxbench • Hartshay • Alfreton • Pinxton
Junctions on the A39
Bath to WellsGlobe • Two Headed Man  • White Cross  • Rush Hill Junction  • Bathway Crossroads  • Green Ore  • New Street Junction  • Burcott Road Junction  • Strawberry Way Roundabout
Wells to BridgwaterTin Bridge Roundabout  • Northload Bridge Roundabout  • Wirrall Park Roundabout  • Street Roundabout  • Westway Roundabout  • The Pipers  • Crandon Bridge • Dunball Interchange  • Cross Rifles Roundabout
Bridgwater to BarnstapleWhitegate Roundabout  • Sandford Corner  • Washford Cross  • Carhampton Cross  • Blackmoor Gate  • Ford Cross  • Mermaid Cross  • TA Roundabout  • Portmore Roundabout  • Lake Roundabout  • Roundswell Roundabout
Barnstaple to WadebridgeWestleigh Junction  • Heywood Road Roundabout  • Abbotsham Cross  • Clovelly Cross  • Baxworthy Corner  • Thorne Cross  • Wainhouse Corner
Wadebridge to FalmouthWinnard's Perch  • Trekenning Roundabout  • Halloon  • Highgate Hill Roundabout  • Carland Cross  • Arch Hill  • Carnon Gate Roundabout  • Treluswell Roundabout  • Treliever Roundabout  • Kernick Roundabout  • Hillhead Roundabout  • Ponsharden Roundabout