A main road in and out of Shanklin will close for significant improvement works and resurfacing by Island Roads.

Victoria Avenue, along the main Shanklin to Godshill route, will be upgraded, which will require significant excavation and rebuilding before it is resurfaced. The first phase will start on 2 May.

The PFI contractor says it will be necessary to fully close Victoria Avenue, between the junction with Westhill Road and the junction with the High Street, for about 17 days and nights in three phases.

While HGVs and through traffic will be diverted from Whiteley Bank, separate traffic management will be in place.

The diversion route for through traffic and HGVs is via Shanklin Road – Whiteley Bank – Canteen Road – Ventnor Road – Newport Road, Apse Heath – Newport Road, Lake – Sandown Road, Lake – Sandown Road, Shanklin – Arthurs Hill – North Road – High Street.

Pedestrian access will be maintained.

Island Roads said residents and local businesses have received letters giving details of the scheme and how they will be affected.

Island Roads staff will also be taking the mobile visitor centre to St John’s Road Car Park on Wednesday 26th April 2017 between 11am and 1pm so they can answer any questions.

Residents are being asked to note that one of the polling stations for the 4 May local elections is at the Shanklin Youth & Community Centre at the junction of Victoria Avenue and Salem Road. Vehicular access will be maintained via St Johns Road, but there will be no pedestrian impediment to accessing the polling station itself.  As Victoria Avenue will be closed to through traffic, parking will be permitted on-street between Salem Road and St John’s Road for the day.

Island Roads Project Engineer, Derek Benfield, said:

“As this is a particularly extensive project it is simply will not be possible to deliver the work under an overnight closure.

“We have taken steps to minimise disruption but with a scheme of this nature it is inevitable that there will be some temporary inconvenience and we would like to thank residents and businesses in advance for their support and understanding.

“Those who know the area will be aware that this section is in poor condition and this work will not only provide a greatly improved road surface, it is also designed to address the underlying issues that have caused the road to deteriorate.

“We are aware that works needs to be undertaken on the remainder of Victoria Avenue, Shanklin and it is Island Roads intention to return later in the year, outside the main tourist season.”