East Cowes road improvement begins next month

Posted on: October 24, 2023 at 3:01 pm

Residents are being informed about upcoming roadworks on York Avenue, East Cowes next month as Island Roads undertake important work on two sections of the main road.

The work involves reconstruction of the carriageway in two phases.

Phase One, 6 – 17 November – will focus on the section of York Ave between Well Rd and Clarence Rd, this phase will be done under traffic lights to minimise disruption to businesses and residents alike. The duration may vary depending on what is discovered once excavations commence, as well as the weather conditions during the work.

This work is on a section that was treated at the start of our contract in 2013 with a surface treatment and which now, a decade later, needs more substantial treatment to address a deterioration in the road substructure identified through recent inspections.

Phase Two, 20 Nov – 1 Dec will address similar issues in York Ave between Kent Ave and New Barn Rd. This phase will require a road closure with traffic being diverted onto Victoria Grove and Adelaide Grove.

Island Roads Construction Manager Keith Gourlay said: “We have tried to programme each phase outside of the busy summer season and half term holiday when the roads are less busy, but we recognise that it will still cause some inconvenience for those living and travelling in the area.  However, it is important work that must be done to safeguard the use of this key route and we thank people in advance for their patience.”

The diversion route during the second phase of the work will be via Victoria Grove and Adelaide Grove.  Local businesses remain open and can be accessed via the diversion or on foot. Red Funnel passengers are advised to allow more time for their journeys to and from the terminal. For any changes to bus routes or stops, please seek advice from Southern Vectis.

Emergency access and pedestrian access within the works area will be maintained throughout both phases.