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Braddan Bridge

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Braddan Bridge
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Location
Braddan Bridge
County
Isle of Man
Highway Authority
Isle of Man
Junction Type
two roundabouts
Roads Joined
A1, A6
Junctions related to the A1 (Isle of Man)
Junctions related to the A6 (Isle of Man)

Braddan Bridge carries the A1 and A6 across the River Dhoo in Douglas between two roundabouts. It is the only significant multiplex on the island.

The Bridge

The newer, upstream face of the bridge

The bridge consists of a single arched span across the river. The downstream side of the bridge is the older, stone bridge, which has been substantially widened in 1927 with Mass Concrete. This allowed the road to be skewed across the river, and means that very little, if any, of the carriageway now crosses the older stone bridge, the bridge deck now forming part of the parking area in front of Braddan Old Church. On the east side of the river, the roadway has long been carried on a stone embankment section, which was cut through in 1880 with the construction of the Douglas to Peel Railway line. This bridge is topped by a concrete slab, forming a square opening through the embankment, and it too was slightly widened in 1927 with the skewed concrete work.

The road over the bridge consists of three lanes, one westbound and two eastbound to separate traffic on the approach to the roundabout. The roundabout on the west bank is around a corner, past Braddan Old Kirk. The extra width across the bridge was partly added to improve the TT Circuit, which follows the A1 through the junctions. Because of the TT using the A1, traffic cannot cross the bridge during races, and so to help people move around Douglas, the old railway line has been converted into a TT Access Road, with height and weight restrictions. This allows small vehicles to cross from the inside to the outside of the course during races, and appears to be the only such road on the whole island.

The Junctions

Tree in a mini roundabout!

On the east bank, the A1 approaches from the south on Peel Road, while the A6 comes in from the north on Braddan Road. They meet at a painted mini roundabout, which has a mature tree growing in the middle. It seems as if this junction was originally a sweeping T junction, with the A1 having priority, and the tree sitting in the middle of the carriageway, with hatching and turning lanes provided. The changes probably occurred between 2006 and 2010, when the A6 was turned into a semi-ring road around Douglas. Today all three approaches have two lanes to split turning traffic.

On the west bank, the two routes sweep around a bend to turn north before meeting the second junction. This too is a mini roundabout, but without a tree, and again each approach has two lanes. The A1 continues north on Peel Road, while the A6 turns right, climbing up between the old and new churches on Saddle Road.

Routes

Route To Notes

A1

Peel

A1

Douglas

A6

Airport

A6

Hospital, Ramsey, Laxey, Vehicle Testing Centre

TT Circuit

Peel

TT Circuit

Douglas

A23

Hospital, Strang, Onchan (A21)

B27

Ballaughton




Braddan Bridge
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Other nearby junctions
Isle of Man
Crossings on the Isle of Man
Rivers Dhoo & GlassRiver Dhoo: Braddan Bridge River Glass: St George's Bridge  • Quarterbridge River Douglas: Pulrose Bridge  • Douglas Bridge  • Douglas Harbour Lifting Bridge
Sulby RiverTholt-y-Will Bridge  • Sulby Bridge  • Garey Ford  • Ramsey Bridge  • Ramsey Swing Bridge
River NebBallig Bridge  • Ballaleece Bridge  • Glenfaba Bridge
Laxey RiverGlen Roy Bridge  • Laxey Bridge  • Old Laxey Bridge
Other BridgesBallaugh Bridge  • Brewery Bridge  • Governor's Bridge  • Monks Bridge  • Groudle Glen Viaduct  • Glen Maye Bridge
Douglas FerriesStranraer ferry  • Heysham ferry  • Liverpool ferry  • Birkenhead ferry  • Belfast ferry  • Dublin ferry

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