WORK will be carried out to strengthen the bridge on the main road to Godshill — avoiding the need to ban lorries and buses from the route.

Island Roads will strengthen Bow Bridge, on the busy A3020 Newport Road, to ensure it can continue to carry all traffic.

Without strengthening, a 7.5 tonne restriction would be required — essentially, barring all vehicles larger than a Transit-sized van.

The road will be closed for three weeks from January 27, while the work is carried out.

Ian Hodson, Island Roads structures manager, said: “Because of the narrow width of this listed bridge it is unfortunately not feasible to undertake the work in phases by closing one lane at a time.

“A full road closure will therefore be necessary, but we have scheduled the work for what is the quietest time of the year in order to minimise disruption.

“While the planned works are for three weeks, which will allow the road to be reopened before the February half-term break, we will be applying for a four-week closure to provide a week’s contingency in case of bad weather or other unforeseen problems.”

During the closure, the diversion route will be from Whiteley Bank via Canteen Road, Apse Heath and Arreton to Blackwater.

It is proposed to have on-street parking restrictions on Ventnor Road, Apse Heath, to prevent traffic backing up to the Apse Heath roundabout.

Businesses in Godshill and Rookley will shortly receive a letter explaining more about the work.

The project will involve digging the road out over the bridge to reveal the top of the masonry arch, waterproofing the stonework and then backfilling the void with concrete, before resurfacing the road.

UPDATE: Southern Vectis will run a shuttle service during the works. For further details, visit https://www.islandbuses.info/godshill-road-closure-godshill-shuttle-service

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