WORKERS, drivers and local residents have been put at risk after floodlights at a road construction site were tampered with.

Somerset County Council has issued the warning for people to stop tampering with the floodlights at Quantock Road roundabout in Bridgwater.

The authority says there have been 'several' incidents in recent weeks of the lights being deliberately interfered with, causing them to switch off.

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Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “I am disappointed to hear of these recent incidents.

“This important phase of the works is being carried out at night to minimise disruption. Our contractor, Skanska is working as efficiently as possible to try to complete the works in a timely manner but clearly disruptions like this have a negative impact on the schedule - leading to possible scheme delays.

“This is the last thing local residents and drivers need when they have been so patient in dealing with the ongoing works in the area.

“Please do not tamper with any roadworks equipment, it is disruptive and dangerous.”

The works currently involve overnight works preparing for the introduction of pedestrian crossings.

When complete, the scheme will provide direct, safe and convenient crossing facilities for cyclists and pedestrians and include toucan crossings on Homberg Way and Quantock Road. A longer queuing lane on the western arm of the roundabout will be introduced which will improve capacity and lane navigation for users.