ISLE of Wight Council highways engineers are continuing to work with the mainland contractor to determine why miles of the Island’s newly re-surfaced roads are melting — and what to do about it.
Strategic manager for highways and transport Peter Hayward said: "We are working with the contractor to determine the cause of this problem.
"The contractor reports that the issue may be caused by the recent rapid rise in temperature as this has caused issues elsewhere in the country.
"The recognised solution is to spread additional granite chippings and this is being done as required and at the contractor’s expense.
"We do apologise for any inconvenience and assure residents we are working to remedy the situation as swiftly as we can."
The £900,000-plus contract was awarded to the Birmingham-based Kiely Brothers but was never fully completed — ironically because of the recent wet weather.
Island contractor J.A.Dempsey Civil Engineering on Saturday spread granite dust along sections of Brading Down Road; Sandown Road, Bembridge; Newport Road, Apse Heath;Winford crossroads; Briddlesford Road and Quarr Hill, Binstead.
The material was previously spread at Blackwater Shute, where it caused dust problems.
Drivers have been advised by the council to drive carefully due to loose dust and "reduced visibility" at times.