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Concrete Tyne Tunnel segments take shape

Work was well underway this week on the four 90m long immersed tube tunnel segments for the new Tyne crossing.

The four precast reinforced concrete elements are being built by subcontractor Volker Stevin Marine at Wallsend dry dock, upstream of the main construction site for design and build contractor, Bouygues Travaux Publics.    

The segments are due to be completed by autumn 2009, ready for towing and sinking into place on the river bed during winter 2009/2010.    

The entire project is expected to finish by December 2011, completing the dualling of the A19 from its junction with the A1 at Seaton Burn in Northumberland to North Yorkshire.    

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