Drivers face a month of delays on the A19

Roadworks could cause delays at various junctions of the A19 in Sunderland, including the A183 Chester Road roundabout.
Roadworks could cause delays at various junctions of the A19 in Sunderland, including the A183 Chester Road roundabout.
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Drivers are being reminded that they could face delays on the A19 around Sunderland for the next month.

Highways England, which oversees the road, is resurfacing the northbound carriageway between the A1231 Hylton Bridge and the A183 Chester Road Interchange.

Sunderland City Council is working on the A1231, A690 and A183 junctions, resurfacing them and installing more high-tech signalling.

Works are programmed for four weeks from Monday, Seoptember 7, before the risk of poorer weather increases.

Roads chiefs say the improvements are designed to help traffic entering and exiting the A19 corridor and support further economic growth, and essential maintenance

Works will see some overnight closures and diversions being put in place.

Coun Michael Mordey, the city council’s portfolio holder for city services, said: “What has happened is that wet conditions have delayed some of the summer holiday re-surfacing on the A19 and works at the junctions.”

“There is an increased risk of some delays because of re-surfacing stretches on the main A19 network and the council starting its work at the three junctions.

“While the city council and Highways England both apologise for any delays, we would both remind drivers to be patient and bear with us while these final improvements are completed.”

The council’s junction works include re-surfacing and re-marking improvements.

Highways England will be replacing 250m of worn surface on the A19 and replacing five expansion joints on Hylton Bridge.

Highways England project manager Phil Leng said: “We now expect work will be completed later this month rather than August, as originally planned, due to heavy rainfall.

“We are working with Sunderland City Council to keep traffic flowing while the work is carried out and would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

“When complete, this project will provide drivers with safer and smoother journeys along this stretch of the A19 in Sunderland.”

The A19 works programme includes:

A690 (Durham Road) Junction:

Monday 7 Sept

Complete outstanding surfacing/road marking and loop cutting works with partial closure of roundabout.

A1231 (Sunderland/Washington Highway) Junction:

* Tuesday 8 Sept to Friday 11 Sept and Monday 14 Sept to Wednesday 16 Sept;

* Surfacing, road marking, loop cutting and bridge joint replacement works on A1231 junction with FULL closure of roundabout.

Based on current programmes, this overlaps between the City Council works on the A1231 roundabout and Agency works to the A19. Diversion routes have been agreed and will be signposted during these times.

A183 (Chester Road) Junction:

* Thursday 17 Sept to Friday 18 Sept and Mon 21 Sept to Friday 25 Sept and Mon 28 Sept to Tuesday 29 Sept

* Surfacing, road marking, loop cutting and bridge joint replacement works on A183 roundabout with partial and FULL closures of roundabout.

Nights one and two (Sunderland side) closure between Hastings Hill roundabout and A19 (both directions) and closure of southbound A19 off-slip.

Night three (Penshaw side) closure between A19 and Foxcover Road (both directions) and closure of northbound A19 off-slip.

All other nights involve a full closure of this junction including all slip roads.

Night shift works are between 8pm and 6am.

Road closures and diversions will be in place from 8pm (with the exception of A690 where works will commence at 8:30pm).

A19 northbound between A183 and A1231. Overnight closure between 8pm and 6am