Roadworks plan for Sunderland bridges

Drivers are being warned of disruption to their journeys with work planned on two bridges in Sunderland.

Road closures are scheduled for Wearmouth Bridge which will be closed southbound on Sunday May 16 and 23 for inspection work.

Diversions will be in place via A1018 North Bridge Street, A1290 Kier Hardie Way, Queen Alexandra Bridge, A1231 Pallion New Road, Trimdon Street, A183 St Marys Boulevard.

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Engineering firm WSP will conduct a close inspection of all sections of the bridge and recommend appropriate maintenance.

The Queen Alexandra Bridge

Sunderland City Council have also announced that the Queen Alexandra Bridge will be closed southbound for 11 weeks from Monday June 7 June while £420,000 worth of maintenance work is carried out.

The work will see infrastructure specialists Balfour Beatty remove cables from the bridge, rail deck and abutments which have been in place since 1985. New rails will be installed and repairs will be made to existing stonework.

During this time drivers travelling south will be diverted over Wearmouth Bridge or Northern Spire.

Executive director of city development at Sunderland City Council, Peter McIntyre said: "Like any structure, bridges such as Wearmouth Bridge and the Queen Alexandra Bridge must be properly maintained, and the upcoming inspections and upgrades allow us to make sure they are in excellent condition.

"To allow the team to complete the work in a safe environment, the bridge must be closed southbound during the inspection. While the council apologises in advance for any inconvenience, we are very much committed to improving our city's highways network."

He added: “These works form part the council’s multi million pound investment into its roads, footways and bridges.”