Major work to improve the Hospital Roundabout in Yeovil is due to begin next month.
The start date of Monday 1 February has been confirmed as work to upgrade the nearby Horsey Roundabout nears completion.
Both schemes are part of a £14 million programme of works by Somerset County Council to improve roads along the Eastern and Western Corridors of the town and were staggered to minimise disruption.
The works at the Hospital Roundabout will take around 18 weeks and see dedicated left turn lanes installed on the Queensway, Kingston and Reckleford approaches. The width of the carriageway through the roundabout will also be reduced to two lanes help improve safety and prevent unnecessary delays to traffic.
Efforts have been made to keep all the major roads open at all times, with lane closures used instead to allow the work to be carried out safely.
Measures will also be put in place to minimise any disruption to the emergency services, with special arrangements agreed in advance to help ambulances access the hospital and fire vehicles leave the fire station.
Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Many thanks to everyone for their patience so far. Improvements at the Horsey Roundabout have made really good progress and it’s great news that the work will be completed on time.
“It’s important to understand what we’re trying to achieve in Yeovil – and that is making sure that the town’s roads and junctions can cope with the expected levels of development in the future.
“The next piece of the jigsaw is the Hospital Roundabout, where we’re trying to improve traffic flow and safety for road users – a goal which I’m sure we all share.
“This is another very busy junction in a very challenging location, and some delays will be unavoidable while work is underway.
“To keep any disruption to a minimum, we’ve planned the work without any road closures – but please beware of extra congestion in the area and do allow extra time for your journeys over the next few weeks.”
Both of these schemes are along the Eastern Corridor of Yeovil – further major work to improve road links along the Western Corridor of Yeovil is also being planned, with this due to commence later in the year.
As well as increasing the capacity of major junctions and improving traffic flow, the Eastern and Western Corridor 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.
- Please note: Other road improvements are planned in future to the junction of Lyde Road and Sherborne Road. This is a developer-led scheme and has been on our forward programme for some time. In the absence of any confirmed start dates from the developer, the go ahead was given for the other schemes. When we receive confirmation from the developer of their intentions we will carefully consider the availability of road space on the network and advise them accordingly to keep any disruption to the travelling public to a minimum.