Work to build a new pedestrian crossing on the A39 Main Road in Coxley between Wells and Glastonbury is due to start next week.
Members of the community, supported by former County Councillor Ron Forrest, have long campaigned for a safe crossing point. Funding for a Puffin crossing has now been approved as part of Somerset County Council’s Small Improvement Schemes programme.
Work will begin on 14 July under temporary traffic signals. To ensure the scheme is completed as quickly and safely as possible, the road must be fully closed for five days from 28 July.
During this time an alternative route will be signposted and alternative public transport measures put in place.
Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We would like to thank drivers for their patience and understanding while we provide a new pedestrian crossing for the people of Coxley. There will be some inconvenience but there is such a long term gain that it has to be worth it.
“Residents have wanted this for a long time and we are very pleased to be able to deliver a facility which will make a real difference to the whole community.”
Bus users are advised to look out for details of revised services nearer the time at www.somerset.gov.uk/timetables. Those with no access to public transport are reminded of the Mendip Slinky Bus Service which provides a door to door service. They can be contacted on 01749 344141.
Drivers should also be aware of temporary traffic lights at a new development on Glastonbury Road in Wells. This was considered when co-ordinating the schemes and lights at both sites will be manually operated during working hours to minimise congestion as much as possible.