Wearside drivers can look forward to a merry Christmas but a not so happy New Year.
Roadworks relating to the New Wear Crossing in Sunderland will be removed over the festive holidays – but motorists have been reminded work will step up in 2016.
Lane closures and temporary works along Wessington Way will be suspended for the rest of this year, with traffic management measures being re-introduced along the A1231 Wessington Way from 11 January.
From January 2016 there will be roadworks, lane restrictions and reduced speed limits in place along several routes in the area, to allow work to begin on the approach roads for the bridge, namely:
· Minor roadworks along Hylton Park Road from January 4;
· A1231 Wessington Way – from 11 January it will be down to one lane eastbound approaching the Sainsbury’s roundabout, and then down to one lane in both directions for around 12 months from mid-January
· The short section of Timber Beach Road that links the A1231 Wessington Way with the main road through Sunderland Enterprise Park will close permanently from mid-February 2016
· The roundabout connecting European Way and Pallion New Road will see extensive upgrading works carried out.
There will also be smaller elements of work taking place for shorter periods on roads linked to the scheme to the north and south of the river.
City council leader Coun Paul Watson said: “I’m sure drivers will be very happy to see the roadworks removed over the busy holiday period.
"However, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the work will continue in January and that some delays and disruption are expected.”
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: “There will be some disruption throughout the project to the local road network, which we cannot avoid. However, I wish to assure drivers that we will keep disruption to a minimum and will give as much warning as possible. I thank everyone for their continued patience.”
The new bridge will cross the River Wear between Wessington Way in Castletown and European Way in Pallion.
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