Road to close for seven weeks

By a County Press reporter

Friday, February 7, 2014

 

Road to close for seven weeks

Bouldnor Road will be shut for seven weeks during Island Roads Isle of Wight highways PFI work. Picture by Peter Boam.

A MAIN Isle of Wight road will be closed for seven weeks as part of the final stage of a stabilisation and improvement project by Island Roads.

The highways PFI company said Bouldnor Road, Yarmouth, would be closed from February 17 until April 4 approximately.

It has led to anger from some Yarmouth businesses however, concerned about the impact on trade of such a long closure.

The works have been co-ordinated to coincide with the replacement of electricity cables and gas mains in an effort to avoid the new surface having to be excavated unnecessarily.

Work started in November, when single lane traffic restrictions were introduced, however it was now necessary to close the road for the safety of workers and residents, according to Island Roads.

Geotechnical project engineer Kieron Blamey said: "We have worked hard to keep Bouldnor Road open for as much of our works as possible to help minimise disruption for residents.

"However, for both safety and practical reasons, we now need to put in place a road closure so that we can complete the final stages of our stabilisation works and associated road surfacing and so that the utility companies can complete their works. 

"By doing this in one operation, we hope to avoid ongoing disruption to residents and, crucially, complete the work ahead of the Easter holidays.  Whilst it is envisaged that the closure will be necessary for seven weeks, we will do everything possible to complete the works in as short a timescale as possible and continue to keep residents, visitors and local businesses informed."

A mile-long stretch of road, from Victoria Road to St Swithins Crescent will be reconstructed.

After the surfacing works are complete, temporary traffic lights will be put in place, while work on the car park and footways is finished.

Isle of Wight Council cabinet member responsible for the Highways PFI, Cllr Jonathan Gilbey, said: "I am sure the public will be pleased to hear that these major investment works are progressing well and the closures have been programmed to avoid the main holiday season where possible. 

"Having a longer closure now will also allow the necessary utility work to be done without having to dig up the road again so shortly after it has been resurfaced."

But Yarmouth mayor Cllr Steve Cowley said there was real anger in the town about the closure.

"We were originally told the road would be closed for only short periods. Then we got this news," he said.

For more reaction to the closure from Yarmouth businesses, see today's Isle of Wight County Press, Friday, February 7.

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by Jack Woodford

9th February 2014, at 11:53:07

@Steve.
Yes - new trucks, a completely new highway network and the preservation of roads that would otherwise fall into the sea.
Believe me, I'm no apologist for Island Roads but the alternative to the Highways PFI - given that the council does not have the money to provide even the services we have previously taken for granted - does not bear thinking about.
Do you think the council would have the money to undertake schemes like Bouldnor, never mind maintain its maintenance programme.

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by steve paul taylor

9th February 2014, at 11:04:59

Island roads is a metamorphic arm created by the council, all the same people just 2 million quids worth of new trucks.

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by Jack Woodford

9th February 2014, at 10:42:08

@Neil/Steve
Any historic underinvestment in this road cannot be blamed on Island Roads though can it? The company hasn't even been around for a year.
Now - at last - the road is being repaired. The price of that is a seven-week closure. That's a price well worth paying, in my view.

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by Neil Rogers

9th February 2014, at 09:18:22

Fatal accident. Bigger picture. Not funny at all

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by Neil Rogers

9th February 2014, at 09:17:06

Steve. You are spot on .. Just seen the
Island Roads website for road repairs for
Thorley and Wellow. ... 2016 wk 15 for
main road ... But that will change and
Be a higher priority when the fatal accident occurs
Fatal accident .... Not funny at all.

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by steve paul taylor

9th February 2014, at 08:46:43

JW I think you have had you head in the rear view mirror . That road has been neglected for over 20 years and all the issues it has now were totally avoidable. WE ARE SEEING THE BIGGER PICTURE NOW

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by Jack Woodford

8th February 2014, at 19:47:08

Personally (and I speak as a very regular user of this road) I think people need some perspective here.
Without major reconstructive work, the road here would, at some point in the future, fail. It would fall into the sea and be irreparable in the current financial climate.
In order to prevent this, a major and complex engineering scheme is required. As part of that, the road needs to close.
Essentially, the choice we as residents face here is seven weeks of some inconvenience - outside of the main tourism seasons, I might add - or the prospect of losing the road altogether: surely a no brainer!
Some dudes on here really need to see the bigger picture, I'm afraid.

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by Baz Taylor

8th February 2014, at 09:26:20

@Steve Paul Taylor: Your post hasn't been removed. If, when you first look at this (or any other) story, you look at the top of the Comments Box, you will see in red, "Show All Comments". This will open up the full list of previous comments, hidden because of space.

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by Neil Rogers

8th February 2014, at 01:26:55

And I yes am a resident of Thorley ... With children who
Have to walk on the roads to catch the school bus
Whilst dodging the reckless drivers who speed without
Fear of being stopped by the island Police ..
The sign 30mph sign At the boundary of the Village for some
Means nothing ... Perhaps whilst Thorley and Wellow
Are the rat run whilst the 7 week closure takes place
Speed cameras or speed limiters ( humps ) are
Installed in both villages .. At least give the pedestrians
A chance to jump out of the way !!!

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by Neil Rogers

8th February 2014, at 01:12:07

Mr Naylor. I agree that it should be a managed
Situation but the whole country suffer the same
Utility companies not working in a joined up
Methodical way .. So the island is not unique
But these repairs are a result of years of IWCC
Neglect (IMO) The BoIdnor debacle is made
Worse by no weekend work,... If this was a major
Motorway repair and not a major A or B road repair on the island
The Completion would have perhaps have finished weeks ago ..
I do have sympathy for island roads ... But with council
Interference their completion dates seem to be never ending
And NO I could not be a councillor.... And do a better job ...
As I'm just to honest with people... to be one. (IMO)

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