The projects are in mainly residential streets as around 90% of the Island’s main roads have already been upgraded during the previous 7 years – although there is still plenty of work still to be done.
This year’s work is part of a ‘planned’ 4 additional years of resurfacing activity – effectively an extension to the 7-year Core Investment Programme.
Island Roads service director Steve Ashman said:
“Though we have met our road quality obligations to date, the work we intend to undertake in the rest of 2020 and over the coming three years will leave us well placed to continue to maintain the highway at above the required standards.
“Given much of this work is in residential areas, we really do rely on the co-operation of residents and we are really grateful for the support and understanding we receive.”
All but 1 of the remaining schemes this year will be undertaken during the day. Though the intended schedule is subject to change, the following roads are among those due to be improved in the coming 6 weeks:
• The Heights Car Park, Sandown (nights)
• Norton Green, Freshwater
• Madeira Road, Ventnor
• Whitwell Road, Godshill
• Church Hollow, Godshill
• Catherine Terrace, Newport
• Banner Lane, Newport
• Eden Road, Totland
• The Terrace, Chale
• Cherryside/West Avenue, Lake
• Queens Road, Freshwater
• Hookes Way, Newport
Residents of these roads will all receive letters explaining more about the work and information boards will also be displayed at the locations in advance of work starting.
Work on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council to improve capacity at the St Mary’s junction at Newport is also ongoing as is Island Roads’ various activities to inspect and maintain the network.
Councillor Ian Ward, Council cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, said:
“It is clear that, despite the effects of Covid-19, significant work is ongoing to upgrade as well as to maintain the Island’s highway network.
“The amount of work being carried out on the network remains well in excess of what would be delivered were it not for the PFI and I look forward to seeing continued improvements in the years ahead.”
Full details of the forthcoming road improvement schemes can be viewed at https://islandroads.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CW-Short-Term-Programme-27.08.2020.pdf.
You can keep up to date with all the latest roadworks in your area by visiting www.islandecho.co.uk/traffic-travel.