Drivers warned of delays as work starts on A194(M) road resurfacing

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Drivers in South Tyneside are likely to face delays as £3million of resurfacing works are set to begin on a busy road.

Contractors for Highways England are resurfacing almost four miles of the northbound A194 (M) from where it leaves the A1 (M) at junction 65 to the Whitemarepool junction on the borough’s border with Gateshead.

Lanes one and two, the hard shoulder and adjacent slip roads will be resurfaced as part of the work which is due to start on Monday. However, lane and full carriageway closures will be required to set up and remove the contraflow at the beginning and end of the works.

Clearly signed diversions will be in place during these periods.

Andrew Brown, project manager, said: “We’ll be resurfacing a stretch of motorway covering around four miles to provide smoother journeys for drivers.

“Every effort is being made to ensure disruption to traffic and residents is kept to a minimum, and we’ll be using a contraflow system to keep vehicles running in both directions during a mixture of night and weekend closures.”

For the safety of road workers and all road users, drivers are being urged to keep within the speed limit.

Plus they’re also asked to get in the correct lane in good time to keep delays to a minimum and to concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.

For real-time traffic information, visit www.highways.gov.uk/traffic