Island motorists driving large vehicles will need to take a long detour because of a new weight restriction on a Newchurch Bridge
A three-tonne weight restriction is now in force at Spicers Bridge in Newchurch.
It’s after an inspection last Friday (July 7) by Island Roads’ engineers, which concluded the limit was required after “critical” damage was found. Work to strengthen the listed structure is due to begin in September.
The Grade II listed Spicers Bridge at Landbridge has been subject to traffic management measures for months, with inspections having taken place for the past year.
A diversion route is now in place for vehicles over the three-tonne limit, including HGVs, along with a one-way system for all vehicles on Mersley Lane, Newport Shute and Lime Kiln Shute.
Island Roads’ Structures Manager Ian Hodson says the restriction was essential:
We appreciate that this is likely to cause inconvenience to local businesses and residents, but these measures are necessary to ensure the safety of the road network and to prevent any further damage to this Grade II listed structure.
The bridge strengthening scheme has been prepared and this is scheduled to be undertaken in September, outside of the peak tourism season, as it will mean the closure of Newchurch Shute to vehicles as a through road.
We had hoped to avoid the need for a weight restriction and have been undertaking regular, frequent inspections to monitor the condition of the bridge. The inspection on Friday confirmed that damage to the bridge had reached a critical level which unfortunately left us with no option but to put in place this weight restriction.