PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PLEA TO MOTORISTS TAKING SHORT CUTS DURING ROAD CLOSURES

Residents living in side roads are asking motorists to drive with consideration for pedestrians while taking short cuts during road closures. Several stretches of main roads in Crewkerne are currently closed due to engineering and resurfacing works by Highways. The top of Hermitage Street from the junction with Middle Path to Mulberry Gardens will remain closed, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until at least Friday August 24th to enable Highways to install a zebra crossing with lighting elements, widen an existing footpath and carry out other associated works.

An alternative route for motorists travelling into Crewkerne along the B3165 is signed with traffic being diverted along Lang Road. Side roads raising safety concerns among residents include Curriott Hill Road, Tower Hill Road and Barn Street. One resident said: “Some of these motorists intent on getting to their destination seem to have not noticed that these roads have no footpath for long distances and are not allowing for pedestrians. This is a polite reminder asking them to drive more considerately.”

Another temporary road closure came into effect on Monday August 6th. East Street is closed from the junction with Market Square to the junction with Ashlands Road between 07:30 and 17:30 weekdays only until August 24th, to allow Highways to carry out drainage, preparation and resurfacing works along this stretch of the Crewkerne to Yeovil road. Traffic is currently being diverted along North Street and Ashlands Road. Evening closures for resurfacing works of all legs of the Lyme Road/Hermitage Street/Middle Path/Severalls Park Avenue junction will commence during the week beginning Monday August 20th. Somerset County Councillor Mike Best said:
“Highways have descended on Crewkerne in force, to carry out important road improvement works. It is a pain for the town but at least they are doing it while the schools are on holiday.”

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