Major road closure warning at weekend as work continues to prepare for thousands of new Sunderland homes
A busy Sunderland road will be closed this weekend as work continues to prepare the city for new housing.
Road closures will be in place as the South Sunderland Growth Area, intended to provide around 4,000 new homes, works take another step forward.
Planning permission was granted for two applications for agricultural land off Burdon Lane in the Doxford ward in March.
Around 950 new houses will form the next phase of development in the South Sunderland Growth Area and make up one of the largest new communities the city has seen in decades.
As part of the B1286 widening scheme, City Way closed between Monarch Way and Camberwell Way between 7am and 6pm tomorrow, Saturday, May 22, with a diversion in place via Silksworth Road.
Throughout the closures, access to Camberwell Way will be permitted from the east side of City Way via Doxford Park Way. Access will be maintained to Oak Tree Farm and Doxford International Business Park.
Once complete, the overall project will address the anticipated increase in traffic due to the number of new homes being developed between Ryhope and Doxford Park as part of the South Sunderland Growth Area.
Work to date includes an additional lane added to the A19 southbound exit slip road and westbound B1286 City Way. Alterations to traffic signal equipment, street lighting, footways and landscaping within these areas are also near completion.
This work will help deliver new road infrastructure and junction improvements to hanlde the extra traffic flow.
Work is being carried out over weekends to minimise disruption to road users.