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Saddle Road widening scheme 4 July 2007

The Department of Transport advises that construction work on the road widening scheme on Saddle Road (between Vicarage Road and Peel Road) will commence on Monday 9th July 2007 and is scheduled for completion by Friday 14th September 2007.

Schemes Manager Jim Davidson explained:

‘Saddle Road forms part of the Douglas Outer Link but the section from Vicarage Road junction to Peel Road junction is substandard and inconsistent in its width. At its narrowest point it is only 5.7 metres, which is barely wide enough to permit the free flow of larger commercial and public service vehicles when they pass one another in opposite directions.
‘The road surface is in poor condition, and the surface water drainage needs to be upgraded. Additionally, there is currently no street lighting and the footway is in poor condition. Visibility is poor for motorists exiting from the Vicarage and the Church car park.’

The completed scheme will address these problems by creating a standard 7.3m-wide road, new drainage, and a wider footway. The visibility at the Church and Vicarage will be improved and there will be a footway link between them.

Due to the constraints of the site, it will be necessary to close the section of Saddle Road between its junction with Vicarage Road and its junction with Peel Road for the duration of the work. Vehicular access will be maintained to the Church car park and to the Vicarage during the work.

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