More highway improvement work about to get underway

Posted on: January 19, 2024 at 2:27 pm

New projects to improve sections of three more main roads will begin shortly.

The work by Island Roads will address areas of deterioration at Briddlesford Road at Wootton, Alum Bay New Road, Totland and St Johns Road in Ryde.

The work is part of an ongoing programme to improve the strategic highway network ahead of the holiday season when roads are busier.

The Briddlesford Road and St Johns Road projects are scheduled to begin on Monday while the Alum Bay New Road work will begin at a time to be confirmed. Information on all schemes will be provided on information boards at each site.

Updates will also be provided on social media.

 In each case, the work is likely to involve deep excavations to address the underlying issues that have caused deterioration of the highway at certain locations. These excavations mean the roads will be closed as through roads around-the-clock for the duration of work. Residents will however be able to gain access as long as it is safe to do so.

Each scheme has also been split into phases to reduce disruption, as the works involve deeper excavations. It is difficult to specify exact durations due to the possible presence of unmapped utility infrastructure on site or unforeseen ground conditions.

At St Johns Road, Ryde, these phases are between Daniel Street and Monkton Street and then between Monkton Street and St Johns Wood Road. 

At Briddlesford Road, the phases are between Station Road and Littletown Lane and then between Gravel Pit Lane and Combley Lane.

The phases at Alum Bay New Road are between Alum Bay Old Road and The Needles and between Cliff Road and York Road.

An Island Roads spokesperson said: “Work of this nature will inevitably cause some disruption even though we have taken steps to minimise the impact on the local community.

 “The work is part of our ongoing investment in maintaining a safe network and we would like to thank road users for their patience and understanding.”