GOOD news for motorists — the main road into Godshill will reopen today following work to strengthen the bridge.

Island Roads have announced today that Bow Bridge, on the busy A3020 Newport Road, between Godshill and Rookley, will reopen from lunchtime because work will finish ahead of schedule.

The project was supposed to take three weeks — meaning the bridge would be open by Monday, the start of the February half-term — but Island Roads had put in a four-week road closure in case of unexpected delays.

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Despite the recent bad weather, the strengthening work has almost finished which will ensure vehicles over 7.5 tonnes — essentially vehicles bigger than a transit van — can continue to cross.

Work involved 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, 12.20pm: Island Roads have confirmed Newport Road, between Godshill and Rookley, is now open as works on Bow Bridge have been completed. 

UPDATE, 12:45pm: Southern Vectis routes 2 and 3 are now back on its normal route.