Work on a £3.4m scheme to replace one of the island’s most used road bridges begins today, with the gov saying it will be finished by TT 2022.
In a change to the plans issued by the DoI last week, Pulrose Road will remain open today between Groves Road and Peel Road and will instead close 6.30am tomorrow.
The new Pulrose Bridge is designed to improve the highway, reduce the risk of flooding and protect vital infrastructure including the island’s main power station.
With the initial work beginning on the project, a temporary entrance into the Bowl car park will be created to allow access to the car park and the outside facilities of the NSC from Peel Road and the Riverside Trading Estate will be accessed via an entrance next to the Advanced Engineering Training Centre in Hills Meadow (off Peel Road).
Bus Vannin has planned amendments to its routes to ensure that its services continue to meet the needs of the public living in Pulrose. The amended services will be published on https://www.iombusandrail.im/.
Because of the works, there will be an increase in traffic through Quarterbridge roundabout and Peel Road, to and from destinations in the south of the island. To alleviate this, traffic in the Douglas bound lane will not be able to turn into McDonalds, and all vehicles leaving McDonalds will be directed west towards Quarterbridge roundabout. Traffic lights on Peel Road and New Castletown Road will be optimised to take the new arrangements into account. Diversion signage will be in place as far out as the junction with Kewaigue and Cooil Road to remind travellers from the south heading into lower Douglas to encourage commuters to head into Douglas via Kewaigue and the Old Castletown Road.
Meanwhile the Quarterbridge Road refurbishment scheme is almost complete. That road is currently one way, with motorists only able to head north away from Quaterbridge roundabout.
Infrastructure Minister Tim Baker said: ‘Given the critical nature of the scheme I want work to progress without further delay. This is a complex project and a lot of hard work has gone into its design and planning. It has been a collaborative process involving the Department, Manx Utilities, Manx Gas, the telecoms companies and Douglas Borough Council. I know the team has worked very hard to ensure that the impact on residents and businesses in the area, and the travelling public, is kept to a minimum. The Department looks forward to working with our Principal Contractor in the construction phase of the scheme.’
Paul Carey & Sons Ltd has been appointed Principal Contractors for the scheme.