The very first step of a major scheme to improve traffic flow and unlock development land in Yeovil is due to start this week.
The Western Corridor scheme is a multi-million pound package of improvements by Somerset County Council to increase the capacity of key junctions and upgrade facilities for pedestrians and cyclists on Western Avenue, Bunford Lane and the A3088 between Copse Road and Watercombe Lane.
It will also support the delivery of planned housing and employment land nearby.
The overall scheme is currently out to tender and work will begin in the summer once a contractor is appointed. However, this week sees the start of important preliminary work.
Teams will be on site alongside the A3088 between Westlands Roundabout and Lysander Road roundabout from Thursday to begin clearing the site so a large water main can be diverted. This shouldn’t have a significant impact on traffic flow but it will be necessary to occasionally use ‘stop and go’ boards for short periods while workers are close to the road.
Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “The clearance work is fairly minor but it represents a huge step forward in this important scheme.
“We know roads and transport are a key topic for many living and working in and around Yeovil and we have worked hard to secure funding from Government for this upgrade.
“This is a significant investment which will help support new development on the western side of town, unlocking land for new homes, creating jobs and boosting the local economy. It should also ease congestion and provide better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.”
The Western Corridor scheme is being funded by developer contributions and a £6.4 million grant successfully secured from the Local Enterprise Partnership local growth fund, with the remainder of scheme costs being funded by Somerset County Council.
You can stay up to date with current and future roadworks as well as checking for live travel incidents at www.travelsomerset.co.uk or by following @TravelSomerset on Twitter.