Lockdown period to provide window for excavation works at Hope Hill, Shanklin

Posted on: November 12, 2020 at 3:07 pm Photo showing reverse of maintenance lorry with highway maintenance sign and equipment

The lockdown period has provided a window of opportunity for Island Roads and its contractors to schedule carriageway excavation works at Hope Hill, Shanklin in late November.

The works follow some temporary repairs that were made in the early summer after a weakening was identified in the carriageway at Hope Hill, thought to be as a result of water below the carriageway surface.

Initial investigations had been kept to a minimum during the busy summer period to avoid access problems for residents and businesses in the area and short-term repairs were made so that the road could be reopened safely.

With less cars on the roads due to the national lockdown restrictions, Island Roads and its contractors are now returning to the site to carry out more detailed and deeper excavations in order to identify a more permanent solution.

The works will take place for a period of one week from Monday 23rd November to Friday 27th November between 09.00 and 16.00 under temporary traffic signals.  However residents are warned that there may be short periods of time during the day, when the road will need to be fully closed in order that the contractors can carry out their works safely and protect both the crews working on site and members of the public.

Dave Wallis, Operations Manager at Island Roads said: “We will be doing all we can to try and minimise the disruption for local people and businesses during these works and to continue to provide access for residents and for deliveries.  Where we do need to close the road for safety reasons, we will also try to keep these periods to a minimum wherever possible, however delays will be experienced so we are asking those that do need to undertake essential travel to please allow extra time when you plan your journey.”

Access will of course be maintained for emergency services and traffic signals will also be in operation overnight.

Owing to the nature of the works on site, the traffic management arrangements will be kept under review, but any changes will be communicated in advance via onsite signage, via the Island Roads website www.islandroads.com, via Twitter @IslandRoads and via the local media.

Dave added: “We have written to local residents, businesses and local councillors to provide advance notice of these works and apologise for any inconvenience caused, but we hope this will be offset by the longer- term improvements made.”

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Island Roads on 01983 822440 or email info@islandroads.com.