Pallion roadworks for Sunderland’s new bridge are to change again next week.
From Monday, the eastbound section of European Way between Pallion Industrial Estate and Pallion Junction will be closed and a diversion created to take traffic along St Luke’s Road and Meldon Road instead.
The westbound lane of European Way will remain open, and Pallion Subway will be accessible to traffic heading both north and southbound. Four-way traffic lights will also be in operation at the crossroads at Pallion Junction.
The latest phase of roadworks will be in place until February, with a break over the Christmas holidays, to enable utility diversions to continue. Smaller scale works will continue further into 2017.
Throughout all of the works, local shops and businesses, including those at Pallion Retail Park, Pallion High Street, Pallion Quay and Pallion Industrial Estate, as well as Pallion Metro Station, will remain open as normal.
Project director Stephen McCaffrey said the team was progressing with the roadworks as quickly as possible.
"We have had to re-think the layout of the roadworks in the past week to ensure the safety of drivers and to keep traffic moving as smoothly as possible, and believe closing the eastbound lane of European Way is the most efficient way of completing this next phase of works,” said Stephen.
"We appreciate that roadworks are frustrating for motorists and local businesses, but we must complete the utility diversions and improvements in order for the road network to be ready for the bridge opening. We thank people for their patience so far and ask them to continue to bear with us during the next few months.
City council leader Coun Paul Watson said: "The team is making good progress with the bridge, with preparations underway for the first section of bridge deck to be launched out over the river.
"A complex project of this size, which will ultimately make life easier for commuters and attract huge investment into Sunderland, does not happen overnight and with no disruption to the road network.
"However, we are about halfway through the project now and can really see the bridge develop, so we know it won’t be forever."
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