Heavy roadworks which were expected to close the whole of Mill Hill Road in Cowes for 11 nights have now been eased.
Island Roads have agreed to split the resurfacing into at least three stages instead of completing the project in one go. The new decision will allow parts of the road to stay open. It began on Thursday (6th July).
Originally, there would have been instances where residents in the area would have had to inform Island Roads, who are behind the resurfacing, of when they needed to leave their homes so that they could accommodate by making arrangements to allow them to safely pass the on-going work.
Cowes Councillor, Lora Peacey-Wilcox says the original plan would have caused major disruption:
I reminded them that the only Post Office located in Cowes is now located at the Co-op (Co-operative store), the only bus from Gurnard, the town and Northwood is the number 32, which is not being permitted to use the road at all, which means pensioners are once again going to be put to much distress, not to mention the school, the children’s centre, Wightfibre and the foodbank.
Cllr Peacey-Wilcox added that the lack of access would have been a real issue for certain residents:
There are going to be emergency situations where people are going to need to get out of their homes. Having it staged alleviates the problem.
Island Roads says:
Island Roads, working in partnership with the Isle of Wight Council are upgrading and maintaining the Islands highways network. In accordance with the contract requirements, the resurfacing programme is being carried out on all types of roads and across all areas to ensure the improvements are made at an equal pace across the Island.
Residents are being asked to make sure their waste is on the kerbside before 7am on collection day. Bus information is provided on the Southern Vectis website: http://www.islandbuses.info/ or by calling them on 01983 827000.
Restricted access is in place between 06.30 and 18.00 and a 5mph speed limit will be in place. The resurfacing will last for eleven weekdays and is scheduled to be completed by Monday (17th July).