A consultation on a £300M crossing for the Tees Valley to relieve pressure on the A19 Tees Viaduct between Middlesbrough and Billingham has been launched.
Two options have been proposed to ease congestion in the area. The first involves building a two-lane bridge parallel to the existing viaduct to carry northbound traffic, and adding a lane to the to the existing viaduct.
The second, and more expensive option would involve building a new four-lane bridge alongside the A19 viaduct to carry two southbound and two northbound lanes.
A series of four events seeking public views will run across Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.
New tees Crossing Option 1
New tees Crossing Option 2
The preferred route will be announced in autumn and construction is earmarked to take place from 2023 to 2027.
Tees Valley Combined Authority cabinet member for transport Stephen Harker said: “Transformational improvements to the road network are critical and this consultation outlines proposals for a New Tees Crossing that will alleviate the existing frustrating congestion issues on the Tees Viaduct, which carries the A19 trunk road.
“This is a major priority for the combined authority, but it is vitally important that the public has its say in the future of their transport network. I’d urge everyone in the Tees Valley to look at our plans, visit our consultation events and fill in our online questionnaires to make sure their voices are heard.”
Transport for the North interim strategy director Jonathan Spruce said a new connection across the Tees Valley would bolster local businesses. “Today was a fantastic opportunity to launch and talk about the Strategic Transport Plan in Tees Valley,” he said.
“Tees Valley has an important role in supporting connectivity across the North. It’s home to world-class industries, a thriving energy sector and major international ports. By connecting these key economic assets and areas of the North, we can transform connectivity and unleash our true potential.”
In addition to the four events, a virtual consultation will be available online until the consultation period ends on the 17 May 2019.
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