The Department of Infrastructure advises that work will shortly be moving to the next phase between the western entrance to Hills Meadow and the Circular Road junction, on the out-of-town side of the road. As well as the road reconstruction works, a new surface water outfall pipe will be laid across Peel Road between Belmont Hill and Hills Meadow. This is part of an ongoing flood alleviation scheme for this area of Douglas, which is being carried out in conjunction with the Water and Sewage Authority. The new upgraded outfall to the river will help reduce the frequency of flooding incidents on Peel Road as well as improving capacity in the wider catchment. It is anticipated that this phase of the works will take 9 weeks starting from Monday 29th July.
In view of the depth of excavation needed for the drainage works and the narrowing of Peel Road in the vicinity of the Brown Bobby junction, it will only be possible to retain one lane and therefore the works will need to be done using temporary traffic lights to manage traffic passing through the work area.
This unfortunately requires Circular Road to be closed to traffic heading out of Douglas, however, inbound traffic will still be able to use this route. No alternatives to this closure are available and the Department seeks the patience of road users whilst this essential work is undertaken.
The Lord Street / Peel Road route will remain available for both outbound and inbound traffic, however, drivers are strongly advised to find an alternative route during this phase of the work to help minimise travel delays.
Parking will be restricted in the area with stopping, waiting and parking in the lay-bys opposite the petrol station suspended in order to be able to provide an emergency access route through the works. All road users need to respect this temporary loss of parking facilities, which is necessary to enable fire appliances and ambulances to attend any serious incidents.
All businesses on Peel Road and Pulrose Road remain open and accessible throughout the course of these works.
The Department apologises for the delays that these works will cause, and is grateful for the continued public support to enable this major improvement project to be completed.