An artist's impression of the Cowes Outer Breakwater.
WORK on the new £7 million Cowes breakwater is due to start next week.
Harbourmaster Capt Stuart McIntosh said construction of the 350-metre-long breakwater, to create a sheltered harbour, would be carried out in two phases.
The first phase would be completed in the autumn, at which point the gravel core would be visible around five metres clear of low water spring tides.
Following a settlement period, contractors would return the following spring to re-dress the core before completing the work during the summer, he told Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) last Friday.
He said exclusion zones would be in place at the mouth of Cowes Harbour during construction, which would be marked out with navigation marks and lights agreed with Trinity House.
People will be able to follow progress by joining CHC on Facebook or Twitter and on the commission’s re-vamped website — www.cowesharbourcommission.co.uk/breakwater — which gives details of the construction programme.