Road users are being advised to expect delays on the main Newport to Cowes Road at Horsebridge Hill until the middle of the month.
Motorists are being urged to take alternative routes or travel outside of rush hours if possible while the current phase of work – expected to last until the end of next week – is being undertaken.
Traffic lights are currently in place to allow new sewerage systems to be connected to the housing development which is nearing completion on Horsebridge Hill.
Because the work involves deep excavations it is not possible to re-open the road safely outside of working hours. Island Roads has however requested that the contractors work extended hours as long as it is safe to do so.
While Island Roads has liaised with the developers to insist the temporary traffic lights are capable of reacting to differing traffic volumes and/or controlled manually at peak times, the road is so heavily trafficked that delays are unfortunately inevitable.
As the focus of the work moves from the north bound carriageway to the other (southbound) carriageway, the usual parking layby will be used in addition to the north bound lane, to allow the traffic lights to be removed, which should improve traffic flows for the remainder of the connection project.