Road re-opens after drainage works

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Lower Adgestone Road has been re-opened following major work by Island Roads to install new drainage.

Last month, high groundwater levels caused one side of the carriageway to slip considerably. As a result, the road was on June 6, subject to an emergency closure while Island Roads investigated a solution.

A spokesman said that following the introduction of a new system, which should be far more effective, the road is once again open.

Dave Wallis, Island Roads environmental services manager, said: "Highways across the Island have been affected by the high groundwater levels following a particularly wet winter period.

"At Lower Adgestone Road, the problem was severe and we have had to apply a robust solution to ensure we can keep the road open for the foreseeable future.

"We know that residents were concerned that it was initially necessary to close the road but we are glad to be able to complete the work and re-open it once more."


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by Grahame salter

9th July 2014, at 11:00:30

How can it be insular and small minded to point out it would have been common sense to repair the potholes right next to the work done,they had the equipment on site,they had the workers on site and the tarmac as well,the inspectors must have seen the potholes when they looked at the problem with the road(the potholes have been there all winter).So now they will need to send a gang back to do the potholes when they could have been done when they were there.

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by Peter Truman

8th July 2014, at 19:24:52

Well said, Jack Woodford. A road that had badly collapsed was given new drainage and re-opened in a relatively short time. A decent outcome one would have thought. Never under-estimate the power of a pothole to expose people's skewed sense of priorities though.....

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by Jack Woodford

8th July 2014, at 16:48:51

Ah yes, pothole spotting and moaning thereon: the Isle of Wight's favourite pastime. No wonder we enjoy a reputation of being insular/small minded over here.

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by John James

8th July 2014, at 14:15:36

Workers for Island Roads either go round with blinkers on or have been told to ignore pot holes even if they are 6 inches away from the one they are attempting to fill in. I have lost count of the amount times I have reported pot holes like the ones at Blackwater Junction and nothing happens.

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by Nina Hale

8th July 2014, at 11:55:55

It is disappointing to see that Island Roads did not take the opportunity of the closed road at Lower Adgestone to complete all necessary repairs of potholes in this road, some of which are only metres from the repairs they have carried out.

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