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New Lights And New Look For Broadway Junction 29 September 2006

The Broadway junction with Douglas Promenade is to be revamped and spruced up, with work scheduled to start on Monday, October 9th.

In addition to replacing the existing lights with the latest, up-to-date equipment, the Highways Division will be giving the entire junction an overhaul, involving resurfacing, replacing barriers and kerbing and improving pedestrian facilities.

Traffic Engineer, Hazel Fletcher explained:

"The signals at the junction have been in place for a number of years and the equipment has now reached the end of its life resulting in an increased number of faults. The new signals will consist of the most up-to-date lanterns available and new style poles to reflect improvements in health and safety requirements."
"We are taking the opportunity to tidy up the area to reflect the prominence of the junction on the Promenade and enhance the recent building work, particularly the refurbished Villa Marina."

The work is expected to take several weeks to complete and will obviously cause some disruption to traffic flow. However, Mrs Fletcher said temporary traffic management schemes will be in place to help things run as smoothly as possible.

"We have to do some civil engineering work first to get the conditions correct to change the poles", Mrs Fletcher explained.
"Once the new signals are operational, we will carry on with improving the pedestrian facilities. Temporary traffic management will remain in place to protect the workforce. Temporary traffic signals will be used when required and we ask the driving public to bear with us as we carry out these much needed improvements."
"The new signals will see priority given to emergency vehicles and assistance to the horse trams, a much loved tourist attraction."

Mrs Fletcher explained:

"We have a system that alerts the signals when a fire engine on an emergency call is approaching and they will turn to green to allow the appliance through."
"This is used at various major junctions in Douglas, and on this particular junction we will be using the priority from all three approaches to the junction."
"For horse trams, we have a similar system. The lights will now change to green when a tram is approaching to allow it through, which helps to reduce potential conflict between the horse trams and other road users."

Mrs Fletcher added:

"The other changes to the junction should vastly improve the way it looks. We will be replacing the green barriers with removable bollards and the silver railings with blue barriers to match the existing seafront side of the promenade."
"We’ll also be tidying up the kerbing on the Villa Marina side. At the moment there is a concrete kerb there and we want to replace that with pre-cast kerbing, and red brick to match the opposite side of the road."
"The tactile paving gradients at pedestrian crossing points will be replaced in accordance with current design guidance and the crossing to the sea side will be improved."

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