Yeovil Town supporters visiting Huish Park during July and August should be aware of roadworks that will be set up on Lufton Way and Western Avenue that will affect traffic in the area. The planned work is part of Somerset County Council's Western Corridor improvement scheme that is designed to provide £14.5 million worth of enhancements to the western side of Yeovil - some of which was carried out in January 2018 during the build-up to the FA Cup match against Manchester United.
On this occasion, roadworks will commence on Monday 9th July, and last for approximately seven weeks during an initial first phase. The work will see a new cycleway and retaining wall built along Lufton Way. This will see Lufton Way closed to traffic going Eastbound towards the approach of the Preston Road Roundabout (nearest to the Asda supermarket). Traffic will still be able to travel Westbound from the roundabout towards the football club's main entrance.
Lufton Way road closure during phase one of the Roadworks
The effect of this will be that if you're visiting Huish Park, you either need to go via Western Avenue, or you'll need to treat Lufton Way as a clockwise one-way system. The contractor performing the works has the option of temporary traffic lights on the junction of Copse Road and Western Avenue if it is found to be needed to help traffic turn right onto Western Avenue, but initially this will not be the case.
At the end of the first phase, which is expected to be towards the end of August, there will be a second phase that will see a retaining wall built on Western Avenue. During this time, Western Avenue will be closed to southbound traffic, and will be rerouted around Lufton Way - i.e. the reverse of the first phase closure. We'll try to provide a bit more detail on that nearer the time - the above represents the first phase which takes effect from next Monday.
There is no mention of any lifting of the road closure on evenings or weekends, and so it's probably safer to assume this is a 24x7 road restriction. If so, then it will affect all three pre-season friendlies, along with the first three or four competitive fixtures of the 2018-19 season.