Improving the Island's highway network
During one of the most intensive periods of carriageway and footway surfacing work on the Island we have, in road terms alone, laid over 1,000,000 metres of carriageway surfacing, the equivalent of a road stretching from the Island to London and then onto Luton.
When you consider the volume of work being done on the Island, which is only 23 miles from West to East and 13 miles from North to South, where 69% of the roads are in rural areas with limited diversion routes and the challenges of working in a popular tourism destination when the traffic doubles in volume, then the achievement is really brought into focus. Our 2016 carriageway programme will commence again in the spring and will be the largest to date and we are currently involved in the planning and preparation for these works. In the meantime, our footway surfacing programme, which is less affected by the weather, continues across the Island.
Our drainage works for early 2016 include the completion of a major drainage scheme at Brighstone, drainage investigation works on Fairlee Road and the phasing for a major drainage scheme at Steyne Road Bembridge. We are also working on a geotechnical scheme to help stabilise the carriageway at Newport Road, Ventnor.
Our structures team meanwhile continues works to strengthen Wootton Bridge and is on schedule to complete in February 2016. We are also working on the final installations as part of our Island-wide street lighting replacement programme.
Year round works include our highway inspections, operations and maintenance work, such as repairing potholes and other road defects, clearing overhanging branches, bollard repairs/replacements, sign reflectivity testing, street name plate repairs/replacements, park bench repairs, fly tipping clearance. At this time of year our teams also deal with fallen trees and are involved in mechanical sweeping to tackle leaf fall, gully and drainage cleansing, the supply of flood boards, maintaining sandbag stocks, and our flood response unit and gritting lorries are on hand, when required.
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