photo shows a bridge over a river on the Sandown to Newport cycle track at Alverstone

A key section of the Sandown to Newport cycle track is to be upgraded by Island Roads in partnership with the Isle of Wight Council during November.

The bridge across the Eastern Yar near Alverstone is to be replaced by a new structure that is both longer and wider, with higher parapets than the existing one, making it more suitable for horse riders as well as cyclists and pedestrians.

The bridge was due to be refurbished by Island Roads under the highways PFI contract as a like for like replacement but the Council has stepped in to provide additional funding for improvements which should increase accessibility.

The structure is located in an area that is prone to flooding, so the new bridge will also be installed slightly higher. This should make the bridge more useable all year round, because it is less likely to be affected by high waters.

photo showing bridge over river with high levels of water either side

Work is scheduled to begin on November 2 and last approximately three weeks, during which the footpath will be closed between Alverstone Road and Longwood Lane.  The timetable is however subject to change if the scheme is affected by adverse weather.

During the closure, a diversion will be in place.  You can view the diversion plan here. Printed copies of the plans will also be available on site as well as QR codes which can be scanned using a smartphone to help those using the cycle track to quickly locate the diversion using Google Maps.

The QR codes can also be found here:

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