A main bridge through Newchurch has been closed for vital repair works – for around ten weeks.

The closure at Spicer’s Bridge has been imposed by Island Roads in conjunction with the Isle of Wight Council.

The bridge has been subject to traffic management measures for the last few months and enhanced inspections have been taking place for the past year. It was as a result of an inspection in July 7 that Island Roads engineers however determined work was needed.

A diversion route, which avoids the bridge, is now in place. There is still access up to the bridge from both sides, but vehicles and pedestrians cannot cross it.

Island Roads’ Structures Manager, Ian Hodson, said:

“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.”