More hold-ups on Sunderland's roads as bridge works continue

Woodbine Terrace, Pallion. Picture from Google Images.

Woodbine Terrace, Pallion. Picture from Google Images.

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Work on Sunderland's new Wear Crossing means more misery for drivers next week.

A 250metre stretch of the east-bound A1231 Wessington Way, before the Sainsbury's roundabout, will be reduced to one lane from Monday for the next four weeks.

The roundabout will be fully open in all directions, and pedestrians will still be able to cross the A1231 at the usual crossing point.

Work is also due on widening and strengthening Woodbine Terrace in Pallion in advance of the construction of the new bridge is also due to start next week.

Timber screening is being installed on Woodbine Terrace to secure the area and enable a new boundary wall to be built on the strip of land that runs down towards the river, next to Matalan.

During these works, traffic along Woodbine Terrace will be reduced to one lane. Priority will be given to traffic heading north, towards the river, ensuring that there is no queueing traffic back to the roundabout at the entrance to Pallion Industrial Estate.

Signs will be in place at all times to inform people that retailers on Pallion Retail Park and local businesses, such as Sunderland Wall and WH Forster Printers at Pallion Quay, are operating as usual.

City council leader Coun Paul Watson said: "We understand that road works can lead to some inconvenience for drivers and businesses, and may, at times, cause delays, but we aim to minimise this wherever we can. We really appreciate people's patience throughout the works and urge motorists to drive carefully and according to the speed limit."

Stephen McCaffrey, is the Project Director with FVB JV, the partnership set up by Farrans Construction and Victor Buyck Steel Construction to deliver the project. He said: "Work is progressing well on the new crossing and with that comes the necessary alterations we must make in order to improve and prepare the local road network for the opening of the bridge.

"We realise that Wessington Way is a busy highway, particularly during peak times when people are going to and from work, so will try to keep disruption to a minimum and will aim to have both lanes open again at the earliest opportunity."

For more information about the project, visit www.newwearcrossing.co.uk, or to sign up to receive a monthly newsletter on the New Wear Crossing, email newwearcrossing@farrans.com or call 0800 223 0379.