DRIVERS have been warned to expect possible delays as the £870,000 upgrade of one of Wearside’s busiest junctions reaches its latest stage.
The interchange between the A19 and A690 is undergoing improvements as part of a wider £9million project across Sunderland.
Workers are on site at the Durham Road roundabout renewing the cabling and signals.
Sunderland City Council has said it will keep a minimum of two lanes open at all times on the roundabout during the works to help maintain capacity and minimise the impact on surrounding roads.
Councillor Michael Mordey, cabinet member for city services, said: “Works have now reached the stage where old traffic signalling and cabling is being removed and, as the new equipment is installed, the junction will operate as a standard roundabout.
“Works were programmed for after the festive break and advisory signs warning of the disruption are in place.
“Signalling installation works are due to be completed in the next two working weeks with further resurfacing works in the spring.”
The junction sees more than 40,000 vehicles pass through it every week day.
Funding for the improvements has come from the council and the Government as part of a bigger £9million package of ongoing works linked to the A19.
The scheme at the junction also includes the updated traffic signals with more efficient and lower voltage units and better traffic signal detection as well as improved connections to the Tyne and Wear Urban Traffic Control Centre.
Its budget is made up of £620,000 from the Department for Transport and £250,000 from the council’s Local Transport Fund.
It is one of seven major schemes under the £9million plans to help traffic flows along the A19 corridor, its junctions and link roads, funded with £5million from the Regional Growth Fund, £4.17million from the Local Pinch Point Fund and a £500,000 contribution from the council.