Blackrock Bridge strengthening scheme hampered by weather and vandalism

The weather has hampered progress, but Island Roads say they have also had to deal with a level of vandalism

Blackrock bridge pre works

An Island Roads scheme to strengthen Blackrock Bridge Alverstone, on the Sandown to Newport cycleway, is being frustrated by vandalism and forced entry to the work site.

The project is being undertaken by Island Roads as part of its work to maintain the Island’s cycleway network.

Blackrock scheme
The Blackrock scheme is the second of two being undertaken in this section of the network over the winter period when usage is far less than during the busier summer months.

Working at this time of year can increase the likelihood of delay due to poor weather. Such wet weather saw the previous scheme at Haseley Bridge overrun meaning the start at Blackrock was later than hoped.

Two phases
It was agreed with the IW Council in consultation with the local member, to undertake the works in two consecutive schemes (rather than at the same time) to avoid the need for a total closure of the cycleway.

Hampered by vandalism
Ian Hodson, Island Roads structures manager, said,

“There is always a risk that working in the winter months when the cycleway is less busy can lead to weather-related delays.

“While the recent wet weather has caused some issues and while there have been some additional technical issues to resolve, we have also been hampered by forced entry to the site and by a degree of vandalism.”

As a result of the above factors, the scheduled finish date for the Blackrock scheme is now 14th February, two weeks later than hoped.

News shared by Claire on behalf of Island Roads. Ed

Monday, 27th January, 2020 5:30pm



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Priorities, cyclepaths, perfectly good car parks, banging wooden post in at culver on Saturdays (Overtime? Double bubble?) and elsewhere, a half dozen blokes tarting up an unused pavements at Bowcombe for over a week, best road surfaces are between Brighstone and Milly road used by three cars a day and a couple of badgers.This is just to mention a few. I would really love to know how… Read more »