Drivers warned of delays on main route

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Circular Road is to be closed to traffic heading out of Douglas as the Peel Road reconstruction project enters its next phase.

Focus of the roadworks is switching to the section between the western entrance to the Hills Meadow industrial estate and the Circular Road junction, on the out-of-town side of the road.

Roadworks further down Peel Road

Roadworks further down Peel Road

As well as the road reconstruction works, a new surface water outfall pipe is being laid across Peel Road between Belmont Hill and Hills Meadow.

This is part of an on-going flood alleviation scheme for this area of Douglas, which is being carried out in conjunction with the Water and Sewage Authority. It is expected this phase of the works will take nine weeks starting from today (Monday).

In view of the depth of excavation needed for the drainage works and the narrowing of Peel Road in the area of the Brown Bobby junction, it will only be possible to keep one lane open during the works, with traffic managed by temporary lights. Belmont Hill is one way.

This will also require Circular Road to be closed to traffic heading out of Douglas. Inbound traffic will still be able to use this route.

Highways chiefs said there are no alternatives to this closure and they are asking motorists to be patient while this essential work is carried out.

Lord Street and Peel Road will remain two way on this section but drivers are strongly advised by the DoI to find an alternative route to help minimise travel delays.

Parking will be restricted in the area.

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