TYNWALD approval will be sought next week for funding totalling £4.605 million for the reconstruction of Peel Road, Douglas.
Motorists and business have been warned they will face 80 weeks of disruption if the scheme gets the go-ahead.
It will be one of the biggest roadworks projects seen in recent years, covering a two thirds of a mile stretch of the cracked and subsiding Peel Road from Quarter Bridge roundabout to the Brown Bobby junction with Circular Road.
This main arterial route will be made one-way only – for traffic heading into Douglas – from Quarter Bridge to Pulrose Road for the duration of the works.
At the same time, the section from Pulrose Road to the Brown Bobby will be reduced to two lanes, one in each direction.
Access will be maintained for businesses on Peel Road while the scheme is carried out.
Director of highways Richard Pearson said that Peel Road, which has had no major repairs for more than 25 years, has ‘demonstrably the worst ride quality of any strategic route in the island’. ‘It really is a switch back,’ he said.
The road surface is severely cracked, the concrete slab sub-base has shifted and there is significant subsidence while there are obvious problems with drainage, too, with the road prone to localised flooding.
The first seven weeks of the scheme will be less disruptive and involve strengthening the old railway bridge on Pulrose Road and making the radius of the left hand turn into that road less acute.
The highways director said the scheme would help the island’s construction industry as over 40 per cent of the scheme will be carried out by the private sector.
Contractors will dig down to a depth of just over 2ft, replacing the concrete slabs with a new stone sub-base. The old concrete will be recycled for use on the cycle path running along the route of the former railway line from the TT access road to Crosby.
Construction cost of the scheme is £4.3 million, with design fees on top.
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