The one-way restriction on Forest Road is set to be lifted during the early hours of Monday morning, but all other approaches to St Mary’s roundabout will be reduced by 1 lane while works to remove the central reservations and roundabout take place.
Traffic is expected to back up in the area, particularly heading towards Cowes as the northbound carriageway of Medina Way will be reduced down to just 1 lane.
The £9.5million scheme to replace St Mary’s Roundabout with a large traffic light-controlled junction has already seen an additional lane created around the B&Q roundabout providing better access from the industrial estate, while work to widen the link between that roundabout and Medina Way is on schedule to finish on 15th November 2019.
An Isle of Wight Council spokesperson said:
“These works are scheduled to be completed by 20 December 2019 and during this period the capacity of the roundabout will be significantly reduced.
“This may lead to extended queuing on all approaches to the roundabout in peak periods and we would urge people to take note of the information on both the council’s and Island Roads’ websites to help them plan their journeys and to allow more time for travel.
“As we enter the next phase of this extremely complex project, we are pleased to report the work is running to schedule and we thank the travelling public for their understanding and patience so far. We do recognise road works can be extremely frustrating for the community and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
“We would remind residents that construction will pause over the Christmas and New Year holiday to help minimise disruption during the festive period. We will also soon be announcing details of free parking in Newport on selected afternoons in the run up to Christmas to support our business community.”