Warning over plan to close A1 in Gateshead as crane brings in new gantries

Work will take place between the junction on the A1 at Lobley Hill and the A184 Gateshead Quays turn off. Copyright Google Maps.
Work will take place between the junction on the A1 at Lobley Hill and the A184 Gateshead Quays turn off. Copyright Google Maps.
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Drivers are being warned overnight closures will be in place this weekend to allow a 100 tonne crane to lift a new gantries in place.

Highways England have issued details of work to install two key gantries weighing a combined 56 tonnes, which will take place on the A1 in Gateshead this weekend.

We’re advising people to allow extra time for their journeys when the closures are taking place, although we’ve deliberately timed the work to be carried out when traffic levels are at their lowest.

Lynne Biddles

A 100 tonne crane will lift the gantries into place between junctions 68 at Lobley Hill and junction 69 for A184 Gateshead Quays.

The northbound A1 will be closed from junction 68 to junction 69 from 8pm on Friday to 9am on Saturday, and from 8pm Saturday until 9am Sunday.

The southbound A1 from junction 69 to junction 68 and the A184 westbound will be closed on the same dates and times.

Highways England Project Manager, Lynne Biddles, said: “The work to install these gantries is a key milestone for the project.
“Large cranes will be used to install the gantries and it’s therefore essential we close sections of the motorway to install them safely.

“We’re advising people to allow extra time for their journeys when the closures are taking place, although we’ve deliberately timed the work to be carried out when traffic levels are at their lowest.”

Clearly signed diversions will be in place during the closures and drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys.

The closures will take place as work continues on the £61 million A1 Coal House to Metro Centre improvement scheme.

Once the scheme is complete, almost 4 miles of the A1 will be widened to three lanes in both directions between Coal House junction and the Metro Centre junction.

Work is expected to be completed by Spring 2016.