Isle of Wight roads put to the test

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


ISLAND Roads is to introduce increased measures to ensure Isle of Wight highways dug up by third parties are re-instated to a high standard.

The test, called coring, involves removing samples from recently reinstated highways and checking them to ensure the replacement work is of suitable quality.

All work carried out on the roads, such as work by utility companies or the dropping of kerbs, will be subject to the new coring process.

Island Roads is working closely with all those who carry out works on the highway network to ensure they are aware of the required reinstatement standards. However, it does have the power to ensure substandard work is brought up to scratch if necessary.


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by Steve Bears

18th May 2014, at 22:14:10

This is good practice and is a positive step to increase the standard of the carriageways.. The utilities have been getting away with this for far too long.

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by kevin froment

30th April 2014, at 08:21:22

when do they do these tests, is it as soon as the contractor is finished or do they set up traffic lights to protect the person doing the test and cause even more disruption. i dont understand why island roads are not doing the main roads first, why faff about with side roads when the main roads are in such a state, nothing to do with the article i know but thought id comment

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by Ashley Harcourt

30th April 2014, at 07:29:41

With limited troughs of public money, wouldn't it be better to spend their time actually repairing the clearly visible roads that are full of potholes rather than testing for technically potential problems on roads already repaired? (Albeit by 'third' parties)

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by Jack Woodford

29th April 2014, at 20:21:09

@Colin Barton. I'm pretty sure Island Roads' work is tested by an independent company. They also have those lay assessor dudes to look at the arrangements on site as well.
I must say I find it odd that people come here and complain about the state of the roads. Everyone knows they are bad - that's the very reason we have a PFI and why it will take seven years of work to bring them up to scratch.

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by Philip Yates

29th April 2014, at 19:07:00

How about liaising with the Gas/Electric and Water companies and do it all as a joint hit....
Second thoughts.... thats just plain stupid.... Sorry!

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by sally robinson

29th April 2014, at 18:03:43

The roads around South Wight are dreadful pot holes everywhere you go needs properly sorting out

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by Colin Barton

29th April 2014, at 16:52:34

Who are Island roads,do they test their own work?

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by D Gorman

29th April 2014, at 13:08:54

Maybe they would like to start with Bettesworth Rd in Ryde ... When the new school was built we had a nice new road outside it, 6 months later the gas board dug it up, its now like driving over a corrugated tin roof, substandard doesn't even begin to describe the reinstatement.

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