Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Major Isle of Man £4m road scheme approved

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Image caption The scheme could take as long as 80 weeks to complete

A major road improvement scheme costing more than £4m and taking about 80 weeks to complete has been given the go-ahead in Tynwald.

The work is due to begin in March between Quarter Bridge roundabout and Circular Road in Douglas.

It is the biggest road improvement scheme on the Isle of Man since Richmond Hill in 2010.

Director of highways Richard Pearson said the work was essential but meant more than a year of traffic disruption.

He added: "This work needs to be done, it is currently one of the worst on the Isle of Man in terms of drive quality.

"There will be limited disruption for traffic coming in to Douglas, it's possible that may even flow better than it does now, however, coming out of town, traffic will be diverted down Pulrose road and on to New Castletown Road and I can envisage a bit more disruption there."

The proposals include the total reconstruction of the carriageway and footpaths in the area as well as work to strengthen Pulrose bridge.

The total cost involved in the Douglas road scheme is £4.3m, according to a department spokesman, who added that access to all businesses in the area would be maintained throughout.

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