Work is to start on key Isle of Wight routes, including Bouldnor Road (pictured above).
MAJOR multi-million pound schemes are due to begin next month to stabilise Undercliff Drive at Niton and Bouldnor Road at Yarmouth.
They are the first of 18 geotechnical projects to maintain the road network being undertaken by Island Roads under the Isle of Wight Highways Private Finance Initiative (PFI).
At Bouldnor Road — the main approach into Yarmouth — work will involve strengthening a 700-metre stretch of the highway between the Viewpoint Car Park and Yarmouth Green.
A total of 650 steel sheet piles will be driven up to 16 metres into the ground using a technique minimising noise and vibration,Island Roads announced today (Thursday).
At the Undercliff, where the underlying clay foundations have caused frequent movement, geotechnical work will be undertaken at three stretches.
Near the Undercliff Caravan Park and a house called Woodlands, the highway will be anchored by 25-metre steel cables driven through the clay strata into a more substantial layer of rock.
At a stretch above Hunts Road, more than 100 ten-metre concrete piles will be drilled into the rock to strengthen the highway.
Both schemes — which will see the treated stretches resurfaced and re-profiled to improve their cambers — are expected to take six months to complete and have been programmed to avoid the main holiday season, where possible.
They have been designed in consultation with Natural England and Natural Enterprise to minimise the impact on the environmentally sensitive areas bordering the highways.
Island Roads service director Paul Herbert said: "These schemes have been designed to finally bring lasting solutions to what are important parts of the Island’s highways network.
"They demonstrate the huge scope of the PFI and the lasting benefits it will bring to the Island."
In addition to letters to residents, Island Roads’ mobile visitor centre will visit The White Lion Inn, Niton, between 9.30am and 11am and Ventnor Botanic Garden from 11.30am and 1pm on Saturday, October 19, and St James Square, Yarmouth on October 21 between 3pm and 6.30pm, when engineers will be on hand to explain the work.