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A major scheme to strengthen a bridge that supports the main road on the approach to Godshill is to begin later this month.

The work to Bow Bridge will ensure the busy A3020 Newport Road can continue to carry all traffic. Without strengthening, a 7.5 tonne restriction would be required meaning the road could not be used by vehicles over that weight – essentially, nothing larger than a Transit-sized van.

The project will involve digging the road out over the bridge to reveal the top of the masonry arch, waterproofing the stonework and then backfilling the void with concrete.  This will provide greater support than the current clay-rich soil. Lastly, the highway surface will be reinstated.

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Because of the busy nature of the A3020, the work is being scheduled for a time of the year well outside the holiday season. It will, however, be necessary to close the road to all traffic for a planned 3-week period beginning on 27th January.

Ian Hodson, Island Roads structures manager, said:

“Because of the narrow width of this listed bridge it is unfortunately not feasible to undertake the work in phases by closing one lane at a time as we were able to at School Green Road bridge in Freshwater recently.

“A full road closure will therefore be necessary, but we have scheduled the work for what is the quietest time of the year in order to minimise disruption.

“While the planned works are for three weeks, which will allow the road to be re-opened before the February half-term break, we will be applying for a four-week closure to provide a week’s contingency in case of bad weather or other unforeseen problems.”

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During the closure, the diversion route will be from Whiteley Bank via Canteen Road, Apse Heath and Arreton to Blackwater.  It is proposed to have on-street parking restrictions on Ventnor Road, Apse Heath, to prevent traffic backing up to the Apse Heath roundabout.

Businesses in Godshill and Rookley will shortly receive a letter explaining more about the work.

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Might be an idea to make bagwich lane one way and beacon ally the other way or it will be bedlam??


Island roads wouldn’t be able to think of that

Pat Salt

I live in Bagwich Lane and already, the first morning of closure it is very busy with vehicles trying to pass each other using my drive and no doubt others as well. I am concerned for the safety of all the animals here, I have Dog Boarding Kennels & my neighbour 15 rescued cats, obviously nobody has given any consideration to this.

Pat Salt

And latest news is a Land Rover on its side!

Az-zahra Aziz

The area is haunted. Someone I know saw a man in long boots cross in front of his car, and he stopped to see where this person had gone, but had just disappeared.


What about the buses? How are children going to get to medina, Carisbrooke etc

Az-zahra Aziz

Walk like we had too. Instead of wasting two hours painting faces, ‘doing hair’, putting dots on finger nails, get a coat on, put up an umbrella and leave early and walk.

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