A stretch of Eleanor’s Grove between Fishbourne and Binstead is set to be dug up this week to allow the replacement of a pipe under the carriageway. As a result, the A3054 will be closed from Newnham Road, Binstead to Fishbourne Lane, Wootton between 19:30 tonight and 07:00 tomorrow morning. The overnight closure will continue during the same times for the rest of the week until Friday 12th March.
The disruption is also set to continue throughout the day with two-way temporary traffic lights in operation between 07:00 and 19:30.
Motorists are being diverted via Havenstreet in both directions, including Southern Vectis buses.
The diversion for Route 9 towards Ryde via Staplers, will be Whiterails Road, right into Briddlesford Road, left into Gravel Pit Road, right into Combley Road, Havenstreet Main Road, Newnham Road and right into Binstead Hill to rejoin the normal route.
The diversion for Route 9 towards Ryde via Fairlee and Route 4 from East Cowes will be Lushington Hill, right into Station Road, left into Briddlesford Road, left into Gravel Pit Lane, right into Combley Road, Havenstreet Main Road, Newnham Road and right into Binstead Hill to rejoin the normal route.
Temporary bus stops will be placed in Station Road, Wootton close to the junction by The Cedars. Bus stops between The Cedars, Wootton and Newnham Road will not be served during the closure periods.
The scheme by Island Roads, which will involve replacing a damaged culvert and improving drainage ditches either side of the highway, is expected to be complete by the weekend.
The work to improve drainage has become necessary after investigations by Island Roads into the cause of flooding at the location during periods of high rainfall revealed the existing culvert to be damaged. The project will include excavation to a depth of around two metres and the instillation of a new culvert with surrounding rainwater ditches also improved.
Operations manager Dave Wallis, said:
“The scale and nature of the project is such that a full road closure is required but we have scheduled the work at night-time and outside of the holiday season to minimise disruption.
“While the road closure has been advertised until Friday, we will make every effort to finish the work sooner if at all possible. We would like to thank residents in advance for the patience and hope that they will quickly see the benefits of undertaking this drainage work.”