One of the main roads into Ryde will be closed for almost 2 weeks later on this month as the next phase of the Smallbrook Roundabout improvement scheme begins.
As you will remember from Island Echo’s previous reports, work to be carried out by BT over a 5-day period was delayed at the end of 2021 due to COVID infections amongst the workforce.
BT have now advised Island Roads that they will be undertaking this work between Monday 24th January and Sunday 6th February – over a 13 day period, not the 5 days previously advised. Therefore, Ashey Road will be closed between these dates.
As well as constructing a new chamber in the highway, BT will also be undertaking other work to divert cables during this period. By bringing this work forward, Island Roads have been able to avoid a further closure later in the project but it means this closure will be longer than first anticipated.
Whilst the closure is in operation, Ashey Road south of the junction and Carters Road will be 2-way, with Smallbrook Lane remaining 1-way in an eastbound direction. It is hoped that the temporary 3-way lights will be removed during this 2-week period.
During this closure, northbound traffic will be diverted via Carters Road, Upton Road, Ashey Road, and southbound traffic via Ashey Road, Upton Road and Carters Road.
On completion of this closure and the reopening of Ashey Road, both Smallbrook Lane and Carters Road will revert back to 1-way eastbound, and the temporary 3-way traffic lights will be reinstated.
The scheme is still on track to finish at the start of April.
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