A BUSY roundabout in Douglas is to be removed and replaced with traffic lights in a bid to improve traffic flow.
The Douglas Land Use and Transportation Study (DLUTS) recommended the replacement of the existing roundabout at the South Douglas Road N40 ramp at the west of the village.
The junction links Douglas with the South Ring Road and is close to a number of schools.
The County Council will now seek planning permission for the works.
and along with the removal of the roundabout and installation of traffic signals, there will be a revision of the road layout of Willow Park and the local Gaelscoil Na Doughlaise, a review of traffic lanes, an extension of footpaths and the construction of a traffic island.
These will be coordinated with lights at the west Douglas N40 ramp.
Council officials said the works will improve traffic, increase safety for local schools, improve bus journey times and remove traffic queues accessing the South Ring.
Councillor Mary Rose Desmond (FF) sais she welcomed the improvements but cautioned that it was important they took place at times when schools are off.
“It's a nightmare of a junction and it is an exceptionally busy one right in the heart of the area and also adjacent to three separate schools.” Council officials confirmed that work will only be done when schools are closed and should be completed either this year or in 2019.
Councillor Seamus McGrath (FF) expressed a concerns traffic going into Willow Park Gaelscoil have to cross the N40 but was told this too will be signalised and lights will be synchronised so it will likely make it easier to access the school via Willow Park.
A detailed simulation modelling by RPS engineering company showed that in future years there will be an improvement if the proposed measures were taken.
Councillor Marcia D'Alton asked if the possible upgrading the N40 to a motorway would affect the measures.
A council official said the works are based on current status of the South Ring.