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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 was the largest to date.  The work last year was undertaken to meet the requirement to raise the average condition of all road types evenly across the Island, improving over 300 sections, or monitoring lengths as they are known, over 600 individual work shifts.  65 Structures- retaining walls, road bridges and footbridges have been upgraded and 21,000 gullies and 180 culverts have been deep cleansed.  Drainage works for 2016 included the completion of a major drainage scheme at Steyne Road and planning the design for a major drainage scheme at Lane End Road Bembridge. The 2017 programme will again be ambitious in its intensity and scope and will bring about a further significant improvement in the Islands Highways network, on both residential and strategic routes.  Investigations will determine the scope of reconstruction work required at Fairlee Road and Forest Road, Newport.  The programme will also feature 4 major and 20 minor drainage schemes and our footways programme will continue.



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. During the winter months we will be carrying out our maintenance programme with 2 additional mechanical sweepers.  Additional resources to deal with any increase in reported defects has been identified to supplement existing resources if and where required.


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