Drivers in Yeovil are advised to plan ahead next week as a new phase of work on the Western Corridor improvement scheme gets underway.
The Western Corridor scheme is a multi-million pound package of improvements by Somerset County Council to increase the capacity of several junctions and upgrade links for pedestrians and cyclists. It will also support the delivery of more than 1,500 homes and 20 hectares of employment land nearby.
Contractor Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd will be starting work next week on a new cycleway and retaining wall along Lufton Way and Western Avenue.
This work will be carried out in phases to minimise disruption with short sections of Lufton Way and Western Avenue closed to traffic in one direction.
The first phase starts on Monday 9 July and requires the closure of the eastbound carriageway of Lufton Way between Preston Road (behind the crematorium) and the Preston Road (Asda) Roundabout.
Traffic will still be able to exit the roundabout onto Lufton Way, however, drivers will not be able to access the roundabout from Lufton Way. Instead, traffic will be diverted up Lufton Way via Copse Road to Western Avenue and south onto the Preston Road (Asda) Roundabout.
The contractor has arranged to have temporary traffic lights on standby in case they are needed to help with traffic flow at the Copse Road / Western Avenue junction.
This first phase is expected to take approximately seven weeks and will be followed by a second phase of work to build the retaining wall on Western Avenue. During the second phase, Lufton Way will reopen and Western Avenue will be closed southbound between the Houndstone and Preston Road (Asda) Roundabouts, with traffic diverted along Lufton Way via Copse Road with advanced signage.
Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We’ve looked at the options for this important next phase of work and believe using short road closures and one-way systems will be far more effective at keeping traffic moving than temporary traffic lights.
“We’ll be keeping a close eye on things but please plan ahead, follow the diversions and allow extra time for your journey next week.”
You can read the latest Yeovil Western Corridor newsletter at https://community.alungriffiths.co.uk/projects-in-your-area/yeovil-western-corridor-improvement-scheme/ or follow @TravelSomerset on Twitter for updates. More information on the background to the scheme can be found at www.travelsomerset.co.uk/westerncorridor.
- The Western Corridor scheme is expected to cost approximately £14.5m with £6.49m provided by the Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Growth Deal fund, approximately £5m from developer contributions through signed Section 106 agreements and approximately £3m from Somerset County Council’s Capital Fund.