Avenue Road, Freshwater

This page will contain information on the scheme to upgrade Avenue Road in Freshwater. The project includes the reconstruction and resurfacing of the highway and also the creation of other improvements to the streetscene including several pedestrian crossing points.

The scheme by Island Roads in partnership with the Isle of Wight Council and Freshwater Parish Council will see the reconstruction and resurfacing of Avenue Road. The project also involves the resurfacing of the footway and also the creation of other improvements to the streetscene including a series of pedestrian crossing points.

The project is due to begin on September 11 and last approximately twelve weeks.

So the scheme can be udertaken as swiftly and safely as possible, vehicular access will be restricted during the project. The work however will be phased to minimise inconvenience and pedestrian access will be maintained. Access to Avenue Road car park will also be maintained during the scheme apart from three days at the end of the works when the section outside the car park will be resurfaced. This will be done at night and publicised in advance when the dates are confirmed.

To explain more about the project, Island Roads has held two information sessions in Freshwater Memorial Hall. The first was on Tuesday August 15 between noon and 4.30pm and the second on Monday August 21 between 4.30 and 7.30pm.

We would like to thank the businesses and residents who attended these sessions and hope they were informative. Several issues around traffic management during work were raised. We will look at these and respond either individually or in a section of Frequently Asked Questions we will be adding to this site shortly.

A letter explaining more about the scheme including information on waste collection arrangements during work has been sent to the residents and businesses most affected. A copy of the letter can be viewed here

You can also read details of the traffic management plans for each of the different phases as follows:

- phase 2

- phase 3

- phase 4

Parking Permits

Please contact Freshwater Parish Council for details on how to apply for a parkimg permit during the works. Either call them on 01983 752000 oe email via their webpage


Overnight maintenance works in Tennyson Road, Freshwater (5/9/17- 7/9/17)

Please be advised that carriageway maintenance works will also be carried out in Tennyson Road, Freshwater in advance of the Avenue Road improvement scheme starting, as this road is being used as the main diversion route during the scheme. Works have been scheduled to take place over a couple of evenings between Tuesday 5th of September 2017 and Thursday 7th September 2017.  Tennyson Road will be closed to through traffic while these works take place but access to properties will be maintained.

A set of temporary traffic lights will be in place on the High Street between Tennyson Road and Avenue Road to allow two-way traffic in this section, which will mean that local traffic can then use High Street, Silcombe Lane and Princes Road or Heathfield Road if required.

Update - 22/09/2017

Works have progressed with the kerbing throughout this week and we have completed a couple of concrete accesses. We have fallen slightly behind the initial programme, but have put measures in place to complete the works as per the details in the original communication.

Next week we will be digging out the footways ready for resurfacing from Tennyson Garage to Hose Rhodes & Dickson, also we will continue preparing the remaing footways.

Update - 27/09/17

Kerb works have been completed, also the installation of the new gullies.  Additional resources will be on site mid-week.  Phase 2 will be commencing as previously communicated on Thursday 5th October 2017.

Update - 06/10/17

Today 6th October 2017 - Excavation commenced on Phase 2 on Avenue Road from Rainbow Fish Bar to The Avenue Road Car Park, where we planned off 150mm of material. 

Monday 9th October 2017 - Deep excavation will start and continue throughout the week.

Update - 13/10/17

We are writting to update you on thw progress of the works to upgrade and enhance Avenue Road / High Street, Freshwater. 

Phase 1 -  Kerbing and footway works are still ongoing and will continue to do so throughout the remainder of works.  The current widening of the footway and construction of the pedestrian crossing points in High Street will continue until the end of next week.

Phase 2 -  As initially communicated, Phase 2 commenced on Thursday 5th October 2017 and the carriageway excavation and reconstruction works comtinue as programmed.  we understand that there have been concerns raised regarding the level of resources on site.  We trust it is recognised that resources levels have increased significantly since we entred the full road closure phase.  in addition, working hours have been increased along with Saturday working.





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