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The main road in and out of the village of St Helens is to be closed for 1 week later this month, resulting in a lengthy diversion for motorists.

Island Roads are set to undertake drainage works on Carpenters Road between 11th February and 4th March. This is to reduce the risk of flooding.

During the scheme the main through road will be closed for a period of 1 week, meaning those living or passing through St Helens or Bembridge will have to divert via Nettlestone or Yaverland. Access to properties will be retained.

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After this closure there will be 2-way temporary traffic lights in place to allow the second phase of the scheme to be carried out.

The work will be taking place between St Michaels Road and Beaper Shute.

A spokesperson for Island Roads has told Island Echo:

“Island Roads, on behalf of the IW Council, will shortly begin work on a project to reduce the risk of flooding to the highway and bordering properties on a section of Carpenter’s Road at St Helens.

“The work, one of nearly 70 drainage schemes planned by Island Roads for his year, involves removing the existing drainage system and installing a higher capacity replacement.

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“The work will be carried out in two phases to reduce local disruption. During the first phase – which will last for about a week – it will be necessary to close Carpenters Road as a through Road. Access to properties will remain.

“In the second phase, one lane of Carpenter’s Road will be closed and two-way traffic lights will be in place to control traffic”.

The project, which is designed to address a historic flooding risk at this location, is being undertaken before Easter and outside of the main holiday season in order to reduce disruption for residents and businesses.

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