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Latest on water work planned for town

Posted on 26th January, 2011 in News

Wessex Water has modernised almost three miles of water mains in Bridgwater to improve water quality for residents and businesses.

The company’s £10m Operation Clean and Clear project has cleaned, relined and replaced water mains in the various parts of the town.

Next week work is taking place in St John Street and in February work will return to North Street.

St John Street will be closed to traffic while work takes place to renew a number of water mains in different parts of the road during a month-long programme of works and engineers will be carrying out further work in North Street from 19 February to 6 March.

Project manager Davin Eversett said: “We will be returning to North Street to upgrade water distribution mains that serve the town.

“Our work in the area in September involved working on a large trunk main. It wasn’t possible to carry out all the work in North Street at the same time as this would have meant a full closure on the A39 and an increased risk of water supply interruptions for residents and businesses in the whole of Bridgwater.”

Wessex Water will be partially closing North Street and the entrance of Alexandra Road will be closed at the roundabout.

The road closure in North Street will operate in a similar way to when work was carried out there in September. It will mean the road will become one way for all traffic travelling from Penel Orlieu towards Minehead.

Traffic travelling into Bridgwater from Minehead will be diverted onto the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) from the Quantock Road roundabout.

During this time all traffic exiting Camden Road will only be able to turn right towards Minehead.

Wessex Water said traffic congestion would be minimised during the second phase of work in North Street as this time there was not the need for temporary traffic lights to be in place as westbound traffic can follow its current route.

Mr Eversett said: “We have written to thousands of residents to make them aware of the planned work for North Street and the diversion that will be place. Access to properties and businesses will be maintained throughout the work which we hope to complete in two weeks.”

Wessex Water this week urged motorists travelling along the A39 not to jump temporary traffic light signals at the junction of where B3339 Sandford Hill meets Quantock Road.

The temporary lights are in place to allow around 1,000 households and school traffic to safely join the A39 from the Wembdon area following the closure of Wembdon Rise.

But motorists jumping red lights are causing delays for other road users as when this is detected they automatically reset to red for traffic in all directions stop for a couple of seconds and then start again to help prevent an accident.

A Wessex Water spokesman said: “We have had reports from people who have raised serious concern about motorists not obeying the traffic signals and posing a danger for other road users. This is not acceptable as not only does this impatience cause frustration for everyone, it could result in a serious accident.”

The temporary traffic lights will be removed when Wembdon Rise is re-opened on Sunday 23 January.

For more information about Operation Clean and Clear visit www.wessexwater.co.uk/bridgwater

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