Laxey bridge to open for TT

Flashback to earlier this month with the completed steel work for the new Laxey Bridge

Flashback to earlier this month with the completed steel work for the new Laxey Bridge

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The replacement bridge in Laxey will open tomorrow night (Friday) for the TT Festival.

Villagers have beeninformed of the temporary opening.

Recent work by the Department of Infrastructure has focused on the installation of a temporary road surface to connect the village and allow traffic to cross during the busy TT period.

A single lane will operate on a two-way basis, with priority given to vehicles travelling in a northerly direction from Old Laxey Hill. Pedestrians should continue to use the temporary footbridge that is in place. Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne MHK said: ‘The temporary opening honours a commitment given by the Department to have a functioning bridge in place for the TT festival.

The full scheme is scheduled for completion in September, although the Department says it will try to open the bridge earlier if possible. The new bridge will replace one destroyed by flooding last winter.

Mr Gawne said: ‘We have this week written to Laxey residents to provide an update on the progress of the scheme.

I’d like to thank everybody for their patience and cooperation while this work takes place. The end result will be a bridge that is better equipped to survive the sort of flooding that devastated homes and businesses in the village at the end of last year.’

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