Motorists heading home this evening should expect significant delays in the Newport area as a result of the complete closure of Staplers Road.
The busy road in and out of Newport is already under a long-term one-way system to allow Southern Water to carry out a water main replacement scheme. However, a collapsed or broken sewage pipe has now resulted in the complete closure of the road.
Traffic normally leaving Newport via Staplers Road will have to instead divert via Furrlongs, Fairlee Road or Blackwater Road. This is expected to cause lengthy tailbacks in all directions.
Island Roads say the closure is in force for a length of 886 metres from Snooks Hill to Staplers Gyratory. It may be in place for up to 21 days, although contractors are expected to work through the night to resolve the situation.
Southern Vectis say Route 9 buses (Staplers) will divert via Furrlongs instead.
UPDATE WEDNESDAY – It is understood the sewer pipe has failed around 2 metres below the surface.
A spokesperson for Southern Water has today told Island Echo:
“Staplers Road, Newport, has been closed following the collapse of a sewer. This is necessary to allow us to investigate and resolve the issue quickly and safely.
“We’ll continue to monitor the situation and apologise for the inconvenience caused.
“This is separate to our ongoing work to replace the water main at Staplers Road, which will continue to press on as scheduled.”
UPDATE FRIDAY @ 17:00 – Staplers Road has now re-opened to traffic heading outbound only.
The existing one-way system remains in place for water main renewal works by Southern Water.