Military Road improvement scheme

The project to resurface the section of the Military Road between Chale and Brook, a 7.5 mile section of the carriageway has now been completed and the road has now been re-opened.


The work is the longest stretch of highway that we have improved in one single scheme and means now that the entire 12 miles of the Military Road have been upgraded by Island Roads under the Highways PFI Programme.

The work was undertaken outside of the main tourism season but before the onset of winter to avoid significant delays which might prolong the duration of the scheme.  Crews also worked around the clock to complete the works to minimise disruption for local residents and businesses.

The official opening ceremony took place on 15th November and involved a parade of more than 70 vintage vehicles including 'The Old Girl' - a vintage bus which was kindly loaned for the occasion by Southern Vectis, to transport local residents, businesses and local dignitaries and their guests along the newly resurfaced road.  You can read more about this here and you can also watch a short video on Twitter @IslandRoads 

Please note that, although the road is now open, work to re-instate the verges is ongoing and it is possible that temporary traffic lights will be in place in the coming days.  Please therefore take additional care whilst this work is being undertaken.

We would like to place on record our thanks to all of those residents and businesses in the local community for their support and cooperation which enabled us to complete this work.

We hope residents and visitors alike will now be able to enjoy a smoother ride on this scenic and historic stretch of road.







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