Safety work on Island roads

By a County Press reporter

Friday, March 8, 2013

 

UPDATED 16:19*

STEPS have been taken to make two Isle of Wight roads safer following recent ground movement.

The Isle of Wight Council said it taken measures today (Friday) on Newport Road, Ventnor and the Undercliff Drive.

A spokesman said: "Part of Newport Road in Ventnor, near Ocean View Drive, will have temporary lights installed this weekend where movement has made the slope across the road difficult for high-sided vehicles.

"The council has closed the side of the highway where the slope is most extreme and vehicles will travel on the opposite side of the road for the foreseeable future.

"Works to shore up a retaining wall and repair cracks in the adjoining footway will take place next week.

"On the Undercliff Drive, cracks in the road have emerged near to the property 'Woodlands'.

"Traffic had been restricted to one side of the road although further cracks have developed creating an uneven road surface, which is particularly difficult for motorcyclists."

The council has instructed contractors to level the road surface and repair the cracks that have formed as a matter of urgency to ensure that the road can be kept open to traffic.

"The existing traffic control system, which restricts vehicles to one side of the carriageway will remain in place while the works are completed," said the spokesman.

*Following investigations this afternoon (Friday) the council said it was necessary to close Undercliff Drive between St Catherine's Road and Seven Sisters Road (western junction) from 4.30pm.

The closure is likely to be in place until 1pm on Monday.

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