Road to close for repairs

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

 

Road to close for repairs

Alum Bay New Road could be closed for up to a week for repairs according to Island Roads. Picture courtesy of Island Roads.

WORK to rebuild a section of Isle of Wight road damaged in recent storms is due to start to tomorrow (Thursday), according to Island Roads.

The company said heavy rain and wind, combined with saturated ground, led to a substantial section of Alum Bay New Road and land around it to collapse.

The highway was reduced to a single carriageway while the damage was investigated.

A spokeswoman said the site was situated next to an area of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which meant environmental and other regulatory procedures had to be followed before work could begin.

The company hopes to complete the work within three weeks, which will include a period of road closure, from Monday, January 27, and could last a week.

Kieron Blamey, Geotechnical Project Engineer, for Island Roads said, "We recognise that this has been a difficult time for those living and working in the vicinity of this highway collapse and we thank them for their patience whilst we worked through the necessary procedures.  

"These were vitally important as this section of the highway is an environmentally sensitive area and we wanted to be absolutely certain that any works would not impact negatively on the surrounding area.  Now that repair work can proceed, we hope to have the road restored for full use as soon as possible."

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by Keven Ball

23rd January 2014, at 17:19:47

Has the railway line been fixed yet???

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by john hanson

23rd January 2014, at 10:38:42

Yes Baz tgey are dealing with it thats the problem they havent a clue what they are doing if what they have done already to the roads is anything to go by they are complete BODGERS

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by Russell Palin

23rd January 2014, at 09:24:46

There was an eighty odd year old Islander that stood next to that hole in the road and he said that "In my day they would have pulled there finger out and mended it straight away" Baz
Not weeks later after consultations and deliberations.
It would have been fixed pronto.
Because in those days they had the experience to deal with it and they weren't over run with rules and regulations.
The Island is well used to this kind of thing its just that rules to keep the well payed consultants in a job are the norm, that's why the country is skint, over priced thinkers with silky white collars.....
Geotechnical engineer, my oh my just fill the hole in and get on with it.
Youngsters have not got a hope these days they will never have any money, rules say so.
Modern generation under the thumb of authority, laughable.

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by Baz Taylor

22nd January 2014, at 23:54:59

Russell, they are dealing with it. Read the story! :-)

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by Russell Palin

22nd January 2014, at 22:11:18

Some of the older Islanders did speak displeasure at such flapping.
If only the children of today could hear them.
Its a chine, deal with it. LOL

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by Stephen Elliott

22nd January 2014, at 21:26:58

A lot of employment relies on this road...come on island roads you can do it

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by Keven Ball

22nd January 2014, at 21:26:06

Is this a result of the floods? Has the railway line been repaired fully yet?

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by michael brian chandler

22nd January 2014, at 20:17:08

another storm coming on sunday that wont help

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by john hanson

22nd January 2014, at 18:45:18

3 weeks we will see ha ha

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