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£475,000 refurbishment plans drawn up for major IoM road

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Proposals have been drawn up for refurbishment plans of Lezayre Road in the north of the Isle of Man at a cost of £475,000.

The plans are intended to reduce the level of disruption to the public in Ramsey.

The Department of Infrastructure and Manx Utilities have reviewed the full scope of works and a new design has been produced, with construction planned to begin in June 2018.

An update was provided on the scheme to the area’s political representatives, businesses, bus vannin and the Department of Education and Children during a recent meeting.

DOI said whilst the works will not achieve all of the department’s original objectives in terms of carriageway and drainage improvements, it will offer an acceptable compromise for local stakeholders.

The original proposal included the installation of a large diameter water main as part of a full reconstruction of the entire length of Lezayre Road. Alternative routing options have now been proposed by Manx Utilities for its works. This has enabled the Department to look again at the overall scheme.

After further discussion with Treasury, Ramsey Commissioners and the area’s MHKs, the Department has agreed a way forward that will deliver a significant investment in the town’s infrastructure while minimising the impact on the public. We have listened to residents, business owners and the schools and their views are reflected in the revised plans.

– IOM Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer MHK

The revised proposals involve a plane and overlay of a 1.1 kilometre section of Lezayre Road, with the full reconstruction of Bircham Avenue junction and other localised areas where needed.

DOI said the work will extend the life of the road, enhance safety and ride quality, modernise the utilities infrastructure and where possible introduce a cycle lane.

A road closure order will be in place during the reconstruction and diversion routes will be in operation from Sulby and Jurby Road for all vehicles heading to and from the west of the island during the closure of Lezayre Road.