Road re-opened after building was damaged by high winds

The scene in Roker Avenue, where the wind has caused a huge crack to open up on the gable end of a building

The scene in Roker Avenue, where the wind has caused a huge crack to open up on the gable end of a building

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A ROAD has re-opened following work to make a weather-hit building safe.

ROKER Avenue in Sunderland has reopened following work to make safe a building damaged in last weekend’s high winds.

The road has been closed since last Saturday afternoon when a large crack appeared in the gable end of a building, making it necessary to close the right-hand lane of the one-way system in Roker Avenue and re-route traffic along Fulwell Road.

Continuing high winds prevented contractors from getting on site to make the building safe until 8am on Saturday morning.

The road reopened at 3pm.

Saturday was the first gap in the wind to allow the property’s building contractor to safely remove the outer leaf, making it safe to reopen the road network.

Councillor Michael Mordey, Portfolio Holder for City Services, Sunderland City Council, said: “Roker Avenue is one of the major routes for people travelling into the city from north of the river. We appreciate the inconvenience this closure may have caused local businesses, residents, and the travelling public but public safety has to be our prime concern. We took action to make it safe as soon as weather conditions allowed us to do so.