LATEST NEWS: Rain-damaged A690 to partially reopen by Friday

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ONE lane of a weather-damaged commuter route is set to reopen by the weekend.

HIGHWAY engineers anticipate the outside lane of the westbound carriageway of the A690 at Stoneygate will open by Friday evening.

Weather permitting, they aim to fully re-open the carriageway by the following evening.

The road has been closed since torrential rain on Monday and Tuesday caused a four metre deep hole to open which partially undermined the westbound carriageway, threatening its collapse.

Work to support the road was delayed for a day due to a burst water main which had to be mended before repairs to the carriageway could begin.

Northumbrian Water is due to complete repairs on the burst water main this morning, allowing work to begin on repairing the road.

Councillor James Blackburn, responsible for transport at Sunderland City Council, said: “The A690 is one of the busiest roads into the city. We’re doing all we can to minimise disruption to motorists by getting the work completed as quickly as possible to allow it to re-open.

“We hope to be on site to start filling the hole as soon as repairs to the water main are complete but the concrete has to set properly before we can open the road fully.”

Diversions remain in place for south-westbound traffic, via: A19 north/A183 Chester Road to Shiney Row/A182 to Houghton-le-Spring. Stoneygate is still open.