A lane has been closed on the A19 after a car broke down.
The southbound side of the road is down to one lane just before Testos Roundabout at Boldon Colliery.
Recovery vehicles are making their way to the scene.
Highways England tweeted: "#A19 southbound before #TestosRoundabout.
"There is a broken down car in lane 1.
"Recovery is on route but there is a lane closure in place.
"This may cause congestion in the area so please allow a little extra journey time."