Major water and highway improvements in Dunster are moving into the second and final phase.
The works, which started on Monday 5 January and are due to run until the end of March, require the closure of West Street, and were planned jointly by Wessex Water and Somerset County Council to minimise overall disruption as much as possible.
Phase 1 of the water work involved replacing the mains running between Park Street and Mill Lane and was due to finish over the weekend. From Monday (2 February), Wessex Water started replacing the mains between Mill Lane and Castle Hill.
The road closure has been moved accordingly to cover West Street between Mill Lane and Castle Hill and including the whole of Church Street. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout.
Wessex Water design engineer Paul Hobbs said: “Work is developing well and we would like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation during our essential work to improve the reliability of water supply in Dunster.
“We realise that due to the nature of the work there will be some inconvenience caused but we continue to do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum.
“We are using ‘no-dig’ techniques where possible to reduce the number of excavations required and allow us to complete the work as quickly as possible.
“We would also like to remind everyone that local businesses remain open as usual.”
During Phase 2 of the water supply improvements, Somerset County Council will start work to improve the traffic signals on Church Street. The equipment has not been updated since the 1970s and faults are common. The new signals will be more energy efficient and reliable, and have been designed to make any future repairs much simpler.
Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “The work so far has all been completed on schedule despite some typically challenging winter weather. Due to the cold, we’ve also had to make special arrangements to allow the gritters through on several occasions so they can carry out their vital work treating our main roads.
“We now move into Phase 2, and I know all the teams will be working hard to have the road reopened by Easter. My thanks again to everyone for their patience.”
Further details about the scheme, including a Q&A, can be found online atwww.somerset.gov.uk/dunsterworks. There is further information about Wessex Water’s supply work at www.wessexwater.co.uk/dunster.