A690 between Sunderland and Houghton reopens following tarmac spillage on busy road

The A690 Durham Road southbound between Sunderland and Houghton has reopened following a tarmac spillage on Tuesday afternoon (March 10).

By Poppy Kennedy
Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 10:08 am

Emergency services first closed the A690 carriageway on Tuesday, March 9, after tarmac spilled onto the carriageway shortly before 2pm.

A clean up operation was carried out and the road has now reopened on Wednesday morning (March 10).

It is understood that the spillage came from a heavy goods vehicle near to the Land Rover garage at Stoney Gate.

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The incident caused a large amount of traffic to build up around the A690/A19 roundabout on Tuesday evening and disruption at rush hour on Wednesday morning.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “At about 1.40pm we received a report of a tarmac spillage on the westbound carriageway of the A690 in Houghton near to the Land Rover garage.

"The road has been temporarily closed to allow it to be cleared and diversions are in place.”

A HGV spilled tarmac onto one of the lanes, blocking the road. Photo: North East Live Traffic.

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The spillage has caused a heavy traffic build up on the A690/A19 roundabout. Photo: North East Live Traffic.