Section of Military Road in danger of collapsing in seven years if no action taken

It is thought if the plans get approval, it would take eight weeks to complete, but a road closure — potentially only part — would need to be put in place

Military Road erosion

Stabilising works are proposed for a section of the Military Road, with fears the section could be in danger of collapsing in seven years if no action is taken.

Plans have been submitted to the Isle of Wight Council by Island Roads to help remove any instability the section of Military Road between Brook and Hanover Point might face in the coming years due to cliff erosion.

Military Road erosion

In danger of disappearing
Currently, the 25-metre section of road is in danger of disappearing should there be more cliff movements — with some parts being 20m away from the cliff edge and others less than 5m.

According to planning documents, it is the section of the Military Road closest to the cliff edge.

Military Road erosion

Short to medium term temporary protection scheme
The proposed works would ‘isolate it from coastal cliff failure’ and ‘provide a short to medium term temporary protection scheme’.

Twenty-six piles would be bored into the ground, going 21m deep, with shallower piles between the big ones allowing the water to pass.

Military Road erosion

In the environmental survey, attached to planning documents, surveyors said at the rate of recession currently happening, the cliff edge would meet the road in as little as seven to eight years.

Part of PFI Contract
Action on the site is a specific requirement of the Highways PFI contract. The first option considered for the site was to build a bridged structure supporting the road instead, but it would not last as long.

The current scheme is the preferred option and documents say it could be future-proofed if necessary.

Military Road erosion

Planning agents said:

“Closure of the road is a real risk unless there is intervention that prevents the collapse of the carriageway.”

Eight weeks of roadworks
It is thought if the plans get approval, it would take eight weeks to complete, but a road closure — potentially only part — would need to be put in place.

To view plans for the site and comment on the application (20/01281/FUL), you can visit the Isle of Wight Council’s planning portal.


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Wednesday, 16th September, 2020 5:49pm

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9 Comments on "Section of Military Road in danger of collapsing in seven years if no action taken"

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laurentian

For goodnass sake, don’t let Island Roads anywhere near a potential slippage. They havn’t exactly got a good track record!

Benny C

Same applies to Ian Ward.

alaniow

Move the Road!. God the “Nosey Neighbour” brigade will have apoplexy. As for Island Road you mean the TLAS (Traffic. Light Appreciation Society), they’re supposed to mend roads but in effect take great delight in making them impassable, in some cases actually closing them forever i.e Belgrave Rd Ventnor and the Undercliffe.

laurentian

I presume Belgrave Road is still being “observed” or perhaps “monitored”?

Spartacus

The Undercliff should be closed forever because nothing will fix that ( FACT)

septua

Why not move the road inland for say 100 metres?

Spartacus

Yes into the sea

susan

Isn’t nature amazing!

Whenever mankind tries to impose itself on it, it more often than not gets a bloody nose.

Spartacus

Perhaps nature doesn’t want any motor bikes tearing the road up. I’ll vote for that.