All the roads in line for surface upgrade works

A road sign warning of a skid risk due to loose chippings. It features a red triangle with the black outline of a car with chip shooting upwards from the wheel. The words Sked risk are written in black below on a white background. Blue sky can be seen behind on a sunny day.
Motorists will see speed limits reduced on treated roads [BBC]

Several roads are set to be closed for a day to allow for the Department of Infrastructure’s annual surface dressing programme.

Initial work to treat the surface of the carriageway is set to take one day, with 20mph (32km/h) speed limits in place until the end of July in some areas.

Daytime closure have been scheduled in most areas, with diversions put in place.

However, the closure on South Quay in Douglas is set to take place after 18:00 BST on Tuesday.

The process, which is being carried out by Kiely Brothers on behalf of the department, involves the spraying a thin film of bitumen on the road surface followed by the even spreading of aggregate, before rollers are applied to flatten the surface.

South Quay with buildings on one side and a fence along the harbour on the other. There are patches on the carriageway.
South Quay will see the work carried out at night [BBC]

Roads being treated are:

  • Vicarage Road in Braddan

  • A2 Laxey to Onchan Coast Road, from Begoade Road to School Road

  • Shore Road in Gansey

  • South Quay Douglas

  • Dalby to Sloc on Patrick Road in Patrick

  • Shoulder Road in Patrick

  • Andreas Road in Andreas, from Andreas Village to Regaby Road

  • Sartfell Road in Michael

  • Blackberry Lane in Onchan

  • Poortown Road in German

A spokesman for the infrastructure department said while the surface dressing was "a fairly quick process", it could "only be done in summer when the ambient temperature is relatively high and in fairly dry weather".

"Work on each road will extend for only a few hours," he added.

A programme of sweeping up the loose chippings will then take place, with speed restrictions in place.

Some road will be earmarked for a coat of sealant, which will see them closed to traffic for a second day near the end of the process.

The initial works are due to be rolled out between 9 and 12 July, with all speed limits expected to be lifted by 31 July.

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