Snow continues to affect Manx road network

Shoulder Road, Foxdale, pictured yesterday (Monday, January 21)

Shoulder Road, Foxdale, pictured yesterday (Monday, January 21)

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SUBSTANTIAL amounts of snow on the higher areas of the Isle of Man’s road network mean a number of routes will remain closed until midday tomorrow (Wednesday) at the earliest.

The following update has been received on all the affected routes from the Department of Infrastructure.

Mountain Road, Hairpin to Creg-ny-Baa

Good progress has been made today, with three gritting teams currently working along with a snow blower attachment.

Beinn-y-Phott

Progress has been made utilising an excavator to remove large quantities of drifting snow, prior to gritting teams treating the area.

Sulby Glen

Progress is being made utilising an excavator to remove large quantities of drifting snow, prior to gritting teams treating the area.

Injebreck

Further assessment required.

Brandywell Road

Further assessment required.

Sloc, Roundtable area

Good progress made between Ronague and the Roundtable, and the Roundtable to Ballamodha, utilising two gritting teams.

Elsewhere, Little London from Cronk-y-Voddy to Sartfield is now passable with care. Deep snow overnight meant the deployment of a tractor fitted with a snow blade to clear the area this morning. The road has also been gritted in order to prevent freezing.

The DoI has been concentrating its efforts on high level routes, however substantial amounts of snow in a number of locations has led to the deployment of snow blowing equipment and excavators in addition to gritting teams and equipment.

It is understood a further assessment of road conditions will be undertaken in the morning and efforts will continue to open the roads as quickly as possible.

The DoI would like to thank the travelling public for their continued patience.

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