MOTORISTS travelling through the island’s busiest junction won’t have been able to miss the fact that it has been spruced up.
Work on the Quarter Bridge roundabout in Dougals has been going on for a while with the lane nearest the Quarterbridge Pub narrowed to traffic for a few weeks while widening work takes place.
But over the last two weekends the roundabout has been closed altogether and on Monday morning the results of the planing and resurfacing and work to create traffic islands were revealed. Director of highways Richard Pearson said he was happy with how the £160,000 scheme had progressed so far – on time and in budget. He said there would be some lane narrowing still to come as pedestrian crossing areas were created but the closures were over. ‘The work will improve the surface for the TT because there was a ripple on the racing line and also for general traffic as there was really bad rutting on the section coming from Douglas going to the airport. It would probably have fallen apart if we left it too much longer and probably resulted in an unplanned closure,’ he said. Meanwhile sections of road at Ballacottier, between Vicarage Road and the roundabout at the Horse and Plough pub, will be closed over the next four weeks as carriageway restructuring and resurfacing is carried out.