The final element of highway work to improve safety – and some may say to increase capacity – at Smallbrook Roundabout near Ryde is to be undertaken early next month.
Over 5 nights, high-friction anti-skid surfacing material will be applied to all approaches to the newly-improved roundabout.
The work will mark the completion of the project by Island Roads for the Isle of Wight Council to introduce several safety features to Smallbrook which had previously been identified by accident data as a priority area for action.
Among the new features are the realignment of the junction’s approaches and introduction of new traffic Islands which require traffic to slow down and negotiate the new roundabout rather than ‘straight-running’ across it – although motorists still have to cut across the roundabout to make sensible turns. Visibility on the roundabout approaches has also been improved, especially for traffic approaching from Smallbrook Lane and Carters Road while there is also additional street lighting and a new reduced speed limit.
The anti-skid material could not be laid before now as it requires the road surface to be worn before application. It is also best laid when temperatures are mild.
In order to undertake the work, the junction will be closed at night between the hours of 19:00 and 06:00 for 5 nights from 6th June. Local diversions will be in place during the closures.
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