Highways England has revealed plans for a triple decker roundabout in North Tyneside.
The £75M scheme will involve contractors lowering the A19 beneath the existing A1058 Coast Road and roundabout, which will reduce congestion on the main route to and from the Tyne Tunnel.
The project is part of government’s five-year, £15bn roads investment programme, designed to support economic growth in the North East as part of the Northern Powerhouse initiative.
“Once complete, this scheme will improve journey times on the A19 by reducing congestion and improving safety for the thousands of drivers that use this junction each day as well as cyclists and pedestrians,” said Highways England project manager Julie Alexander.
“The A19 is a vital strategic link providing access to the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate, Silverlink Retail Park, Cobalt Business Park and South East Northumberland. During construction we will do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum and ensure that traffic does keep moving.”
The first stage of the work will involve creating a road from the site compound to the A19 and putting up site cabins.
Ahead of the start of main construction work in August, a two-day exhibition will be open to the public to provide more information about the project.
During main construction work, narrow lanes and a 30mph speed limit will be in place along the A19 and the slip roads. The speed limit on the A1058 Coast Road will be reduced to 30mph for the duration of the work. Some overnight carriageway closures will also be required throughout the project.