The A39 is a key commuting route, with two key traffic light controlled junctions with the B3116 and A368. Congestion at these two junctions impact not only on through traffic but also cause delays for local traffic. Bath & North East Somerset Council is proposing to carry out improvements at these junctions in a two-stage process which will significantly reduce queue lengths. The A39/B3116 junction (Two Headed Man) is scheduled to be undertaken in 2017, with the A39/A368 junction (Bences Garage) being delivered in 2018.
What is happening?
The existing light-controlled junction at the Two Headed Man features one lane in each direction. Vehicles turning here frequently hold up traffic while they wait for the opportunity to turn. It is proposed to widen the carriageway of the A39 on each approach to two lanes and provide dedicated turning lanes. This will significantly improve both capacity and flow at the junction.
What are the benefits?
Modelling has shown that peak time queues will be substantially reduced. Cutting the queues will speed up journey times, reduce emissions and alleviate pressure on minor roads which currently experience rat running.
How is it being funded?
The scheme is primarily funded via a Government grant. The Local Growth Fund supports projects which facilitate improved local access to employment, education and other public services, and supporting economic growth. Congestion has a real impact on business operations and commuter journey times; the junction improvements at this location will have a significant impact in dealing with these issues.
When is it taking place?
Work on the two headed Man junction is expected to start later this summer. As a large proportion of the widening is carried out off the main carriageway, impact will be minimised during the first stages of work.