Smallbrook Roundabout on the outskirts of Ryde is to be ripped up and completely redeveloped to improve road safety at the notorious junction.
The off-centre mini-roundabout will be transformed later this year with approaches widened and realigned, traffic islands installed and the centre of the roundabout repositioned.
Works are expected to get underway in the next few months and will cause significant disruption for the thousands of motorists that pass through the area each day. However, once complete, the roundabout should flow better and the risk of collisions occurring will hopefully be reduced significantly.
The improvements will also assist with the extra traffic expected in the area over the coming years with the expansion of Nicholson Road and new homes at West Acre Park, Rosemary Vineyard and Pennyfeathers.
Contractors have already been seen on site to appraise which trees will need to be removed and to mark where utilities will need to be dug up.
There will also be disruption for motorists in the lead up to work at Smallbrook getting underway, as Ashey Road will be closed for utility works from 18th January to 5th March. It is thought that the redevelopment of Smallbrook Roundabout will begin soon after.
For years motorists have been calling for this roundabout to be looked at properly. Over £100,000 was spent a few years back to make some improvements, but the roundabout remains off-centre to each approach. The number of collisions occurring each year has fallen though.
Island Echo approached the Isle of Wight Council for a statement earlier this week. The authority confirmed that it is the Council’s continued intention to upgrade the roundabout but at this stage there are no confirmed dates or visuals to share.
An announcement with further detail on this major scheme is expected in due course.