Next phase of Yeovil junction roadworks confirmed

Barratt Homes has confirmed details for the next phase of a major roadworks scheme in Yeovil.

The developer is currently replacing the mini-roundabout at the junction of Sherborne Road and Lyde Road with a new traffic light controlled junction.

This is required as part of a legal agreement linked to the construction of new homes at Wyndham Park which were originally approved by South Somerset District Council back in 2006. As the highway authority, Somerset County Council’s role is to approve the design, make sure the works are completed to standard and manage the impacts on traffic.

Barratt Homes began work in September and the second phase started on Monday 9 January, with Lyde Road closed to traffic and two-way temporary traffic lights on Sherborne Road.

Barratt Homes expect this phase to finish on Friday 10 March – one week later than originally planned due to complications with drainage.

The third phase is then expected to start on Monday 13 March with Lyde Road reopening and three-way temporary traffic lights on the junction of Lyde and Sherborne Road. These will be in place until June.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We’re pleased Lyde Road will be reopening and we’re grateful for the patience of local traders and road users.

“It is disappointing the work is running a week behind schedule but it is still early in the overall programme and we’ll be keeping the pressure on Barratt Homes to make this time up in phase three.

“We’ll also be keeping a close eye on traffic flows when the three-way lights are in place and working with Barratt Homes and its principal contractor Tithegrove to minimise disruption as much as possible.”

Cllr Ric Pallister, Leader of South Somerset District Council, said: “We are delighted that this latest phase is nearing completion and, despite the fact that there will still be some disruption until June, having Lyde Road re-opened will be a big relief to local businesses affected by the closure and to those in transit between Sherborne and Yeovil.

“Regrettably essential highways works will always have a short term impact but improving the efficiency of the major network that crosses Yeovil to deal with current and future traffic using the main arteries is essential.  Both the County Council and the District Council are committed to working closely together to ensure that disruption is minimised and that relationship will be increasingly important as work on Yeovil’s western strategic corridor is undertaken in the coming years.”

To find out more about this scheme, check out the frequently asked questions at www.travelsomerset.co.uk/lyde-road.

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