Extra £1.7m allocated to fixing Isle of Man’s roads

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An extra £1.77 million pounds will be spent repairing roads in the 2013/14 financial year.

It comes after Tynwald this week approved the Department of Infrastructure reallocating the funds to its strategic highway refurbishment programme from another part of its budget.

Infrastructure Minister David Cretney MHK said the island’s roads network was a ‘vital piece of infrastructure’.

And he said investment would lead to lower maintenance costs, as well as fewer complaints.

The work will be prioritised so that roads in most urgent need of attention will be targeted first.

‘They will be scientifically prioritised,’ he said.

‘We will do what we can with the money available.’

Ramsey MHK Leonard Singer, a political member of the DoI, said it was likely to be small-scale projects that went ahead because the works had to be completed by the end of the financial year.

He added that he hoped the work would be spread around the island so that everyone would see some benefit.

The money was originally due to be spent centralising the department’s depots to one location in Tromode, but Mr Cretney said this plan had been put on the ‘backburner’.

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