Second phase of works at Thorne Lane now underway

A major joint roadworks scheme in Yeovil is making good progress with the second phase now underway – three weeks ahead of schedule.

Thorne Lane has been closed since 8 January while Wessex Water replaces a water main. A developer scheme to connect a new roundabout has been taking place at the same time.

This work was due to finish on 5 March and be followed immediately afterwards by footway improvement works by Somerset County Council.

However, thanks to the good progress on site, the footway work is now already underway alongside the water and developer works. This means the road closure is on track to be lifted earlier than 17 March as originally planned.

Cllr John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “This is a fine example of collaborative working where we’ve combined several schemes and have multiple parties working together at the same time to minimise disruption. We all have the same objective – to get the road reopened as quickly as possible and I’m sure everyone will be pleased this should now be earlier than initially planned.”

The Western Corridor improvement scheme also continues with tree felling works taking place this week near the Asda junction on Preston Road. The sections requiring use of temporary traffic lights have now been completed and the work will continue with lane closures in place when needed.

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