The first stage of a £14 million programme of works to improve roads across Yeovil has been completed and three major roads have now reopened.
Work to upgrade the Horsey Roundabout started in September with road closures on Brunswick Street, Hendford and Hendford Hill. This work has been completed on schedule and all three roads reopened to traffic on Friday 27 November.
The upgrade now continues until the end of January with a lane closure along Lysander Road, although this work should have less impact on traffic.
Drivers are also advised that the new traffic light-controlled junction at Brunswick Street will become more efficient in time as engineers monitor and adjust the signals.
Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We promised to reopen these roads before December and I’m delighted we’ve been able to deliver.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while we’ve been carrying out these improvements. Please bear with us as we fine tune the new traffic lights to make the new junction as efficient as possible.
“We’re investing a huge amount of money in Yeovil to upgrade the road system, but unfortunately there’s no way to do this without causing some short term disruption. The remaining work at Horsey should have less impact on traffic, and the rest of the work elsewhere in Yeovil will take place after Christmas when roads are quieter.”
Somerset County Council is currently carrying out two major schemes to improve transport links along the Eastern and Western Corridors of Yeovil at a combined cost of £14m. The Horsey Roundabout work is the first stage of improvements to the Eastern Corridor.
As well as increasing the capacity of major junctions and improving traffic flow, the two schemes are essential to support Yeovil’s economic growth and are necessary to allow major developments to go ahead, including:
- More than 2,000 new homes at sites in Brimsmore, Lufton and Lyde Road
- More than 20ha of employment land at Lufton and Bunford Park
- Redevelopment of the town centre including the cattle market
The improvements should reduce projected future peak journey times by 23% (West Coker Road to Thorne Lane) and 16% (Horsey Roundabout to Lyde Road) – compared to what they would be with the developments in place but without the improvements.