Programme of roadworks begins in Wells next month

By Daniel Mumby - Local Democracy Reporter

23rd Jun 2022 | Local News

Junction Of The A39 Strawberry Way And The A371 Portway In Wells. CREDIT: Google Maps.
Junction Of The A39 Strawberry Way And The A371 Portway In Wells. CREDIT: Google Maps.

Motorists in Wells areas are being warned to expect disruption as the next phase of an £11.6m road maintenance scheme begins next month.

Somerset County Council is in the middle of a substantial programme to upgrade traffic lights and pedestrian crossings across the county, replacing equipment which is reaching the end of its working life.

Work on lights and crossings in the Rowbarton area of Taunton was completed in the autumn, with a further phase of work currently under way at various locations in Yeovil.

The council has now announced dates for the Wells and Shepton Mallet elements of the programme – with the Frome elements expected to be finalised later in the year.

In Wells, work will begin on July 7 at the pedestrian crossing on the A39 Mountery Road in Wells, near the junction with Milton Lane.

Work on this crossing will continue until August, when the focus will move to the signalised junction where the A39 Strawberry Way meets Burcott Road and Tucker Street, near the city's fire station and police station.

After this element concludes in November, work will transition to the T-junction where Strawberry Way meets the A371 Portway, with this part of the scheme due to be finished in March 2023.

Finally, the pedestrian crossing at the southern end of Strawberry Way – near the city's Lidl supermarket – will be upgraded between March and April 2023.

The sole element of the programme within Shepton Mallet will be upgrading the junction of the A361 Fosse Lane and Charlton Road, near the Thatched Cottage Inn.

Work on this junction will begin on July 21 and is expected to last until October.

Most of the work in both Shepton Mallet and Wells will take place under temporary lights – though there may occasionally be short evening or overnight closures. Access for residents and businesses will be maintained throughout.

The Frome leg of the work is at the planning stage and is expected to start in the autumn or winter of 2022.

Councillor Mike Rigby, portfolio holder for transport and digital, said: "This is significant investment in our essential infrastructure which ensures our network is fit for purpose for many years to come.

"This needs to happen now because the existing signal equipment has reached the end of its working life and must be replaced, otherwise it is likely to fail causing disruption and extra cost to the public.

"The new signals will be more efficient, more eco-friendly, and importantly should improve traffic flow and provide much safer access for both cyclists and pedestrians.

"We'll be working closely with local businesses and the community to ensure they have all the information they need, and disruption is kept to a minimum."

For more information on these and other roadworks, visit www.travelsomerset.co.uk.

The programme of work is as follows:

Work in Wells starts the week commencing 7 July at:

  • Mountery Rd (near Milton Hill) – pedestrian crossing, until August.
  • Burcott Rd/Strawberry Way – signalised junction, August to November
  • Portway/Stawberry Way – signalised junction, November to March 2023
  • Strawberry Way south end – pedestrian crossing, March 2023-April 2023

Work starts in Shepton Mallet the week commencing 21 July at:

  • Fosse Lane/Charlton Road – signalised junction, until October

Somerset County Council's highways team recently netted the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport highly commended status for its Rowbarton scheme in the CIHT 2022 awards. The scheme was recognised for its exemplar collaboration practices with partners and the community.

For more information on the signals recovery programme visit Somerset Traffic Signal Refurbishment – Travel Somerset

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