Wearside drivers can look forward to a merry Christmas, but a not so happy new year.
Roadworks relating to the New Wear Crossing will be removed over the holidays – but motorists have been reminded work will step up in 2016.
Lane closures and temporary works along the A1231 Wessington Way will be suspended for the rest of this year, but reintroduced from January 11.
From January 2016 there will be roadworks, lane restrictions and reduced-speed limits in place along several routes, to allow work to begin on the approach roads for the bridge
These include: minor roadworks along Hylton Park Road from January 4; A1231 Wessington Way down to one lane eastbound approaching the Sainsbury’s roundabout from January 11, and then to one lane in both directions for about a year from mid-January; the short section of Timber Beach Road that links the A1231 Wessington Way with the main road through Sunderland Enterprise Park will close permanently from mid-February 2016 and the roundabout connecting European Way and Pallion New Road will see extensive upgrading works carried out.
There will also be smaller elements of work taking place for shorter periods on roads to the north and south of the river.
City council leader Coun Paul Watson, said: “I’m sure drivers will be very happy to see the roadworks removed over the busy holiday period.
“However, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone work will continue in January and some delays and disruption are expected.”