A major scheme to improve the Hospital Roundabout in Yeovil is on course for completion several weeks early with most lanes reopening later today (Friday 8 April).
The upgrade by Somerset County Council aims to improve traffic flow and was expected to take around 18 weeks from 1 February.
However, efforts were made to speed up this process by using alternative engineering methods and materials which allowed overnight resurfacing to take place alongside the civil engineering work rather than after.
All major structural work, drainage and surfacing will be completed by the end of today, with most lanes reopening.
The installation of signs, lighting and barriers will continue next week, but most of this work will take place off the highway with any lane closures kept to a minimum. All work should be complete by next Friday (15 April).
Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “This was always going to be a really challenging scheme to deliver so it is great news that we’re going to finish ahead of schedule.
“I know it’s been a difficult few weeks and I’m sure there will be a great feeling of relief around Yeovil when the improvements are complete.
“Let’s not forget why we’re doing this. The upgrade of the Hospital Roundabout will help increase the capacity of the junction and is one part of a massive £14 million investment in Yeovil to improve the town’s roads and allow for future growth.”
The new Hospital Roundabout will have dedicated left turn lanes on the Queensway, Kingston and Reckleford approaches, and the width of the carriageway through the roundabout will be reduced to two lanes to help improve safety and traffic flow.
The £14 million programme of works in Yeovil includes the Horsey and Hospital Roundabout improvements as part of the Eastern Corridor scheme, and the Western Corridor scheme which is set to bring improvements to the other side of town when it begins later in 2016.
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 planning commitments 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 scheme will be funded, designed and implemented by a private developer as a planning condition of the Wyndham Park development. It has been on our forward programme for some time but we are still awaiting confirmation from the developer of their intentions and a programme of works. Once we receive these, 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.