A 26 day road closure to install a zebra crossing at the top of Hermitage Street comes into effect on Monday July 30th. The road closure prohibiting all traffic from proceeding along Hermitage Street from the junction with Middle Path to the junction with Mulberry Gardens for a distance of 45 metres will be in operation for 24 hours a day until at least Friday August 24th. While the closure is in operation, an alternative route will be signed, diverting traffic coming into Crewkerne along the B3165 onto Lang Road and traffic below the works in Hermitage Street onto West Street. Intermittent 2 way traffic signals will be in place while the engineering works are being carried out.
The purpose of the installation of the pedestrian crossing with lighting elements, widening of an existing footpath and associated works, is to make crossing Hermitage Street/Lyme Road near the busy mini roundabout safer for pedestrians. Two designs were initially submitted, one showing the pedestrian crossing above the mini roundabout and the other below it. Following a safety audit by Highways at Somerset County Council, the option in Hermitage Street was put forward for consultation.
Crewkerne Town Council were invited to make individual comments on the zebra crossing proposal directly to the county council when it came up for discussion at a meeting of the full town council last year in July. Safety concerns were raised by councillors Katy Pritchard, Paul Bradly and Andrea Stuart that the proposal didn’t take into account parking bays and parallel parking along the busy road, didn’t address recent statistics highlighting the danger of zebra crossings in rural communities and the chances that they could make the area more dangerous to pedestrians. A point which was backed up by a report that a number of near misses had been recorded on other zebra crossings in the local area.
The closure of part of the B3165 in Hermitage Street will be followed by evening closures for resurfacing works of all legs of the Lyme Road/Hermitage Street/Middle Path/Severalls Park Avenue junction, during the week commencing August 20th.