Don’t put workers at risk, drivers warned

By Richard Wright

Sunday, January 19, 2014

 

Don’t put workers at risk, drivers warned

Workers at the reconstruction of the main road at Bouldnor. Picture by Peter Boam.

DRIVERS have been urged not to put workers at risk on a major Isle of Wight road reconstruction scheme.

A resident’s safety fears at Bouldnor Road have been underlined by Island Roads.

"Motorists have caused some issues during these works through ignoring the width restriction and the instructions given to them by the temporary traffic controls," said Island Roads construction manager Keith Gourlay.

"I would appeal to everyone to respect the temporary measures in place to help us complete the scheme as quickly as possible and to ensure their safety and that of other road users and construction staff."

Despite wet weather, Island Roads still expects the major reconstruction of the road to be complete within its six-month target and has now lifted the HGV diversion.

It kept the road open as a traffic light-controlled single lane during work to keep disruption to a minimum but after February 10 there will be periods of total closure during final re-surfacing.

Bouldnor resident Colin McCrae expressed his safety concerns to Island Roads.

He described traffic management as 'a joke’.

"The supposed HGV re-direction was not worth the signs it was printed on," he said.

"I saw two massive fully-loaded, articulated, flatbed trailers go through at 11.15am on January 3."

He said the single carriageway, which remained in use, was breaking up badly and could also pose a traffic danger.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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