IMPROVEMENTS to a vital junction are nearing completion as part of works for the strategic transport corridor, which will link Nissan with the Port of Sunderland.
The £400,000 scheme at the busy T-junction on the A1290 Cherry Blossom Way is set to smooth traffic flow and help the 8,600 vehicles – including 500 HGVs – pass through it each day.
The work – by Sunderland City Council – will finish later this month and the new signalised and CCTV-covered junction is being connected to the regional traffic control centre.
Coun Michael Mordey, Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for city services, said: “This junction work is part of a bigger package tackling pinch-points, and improving both access and exits for vehicles crossing the city and the A19 economic corridor. Making this T-junction into a signalised junction is helping make it safer for all its hundreds of users and helping with a smoother delivery of goods and services.
The works are part of a series of improvements to the A19 and its link roads.”
The junction is between Sulgrave and the Washington Bentall Business Park in the west and the A19 in the east.
Coun Mordey added: “All the works are helping lay the ground for delivering our City Deal by improving infrastructure, helping expand our manufacturing base, helping to create jobs and increasing economic growth.
“The city council and its partners are looking to the long term and investing in the future of the city and the wider North East region.”
The work is one of seven major schemes in 2014/2015 with a total cost of £9million all helping improve traffic flows along the A19 corridor, its junctions and link roads.
The improvements will assist with reducing congestion and improving journey times, while opening up access to key employment sites within the North East Low Carbon Enterprise Zone and the Nissan plant.
Other works include improvements to Sunderland’s pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.
The £9million of funding has been made available from Central Government with £5million from the Regional Growth Fund, £4.17m from the Local Pinch Point Fund, plus £500,000 contributions from the council.