The North East’s first triple-decker junction worth £75M has been opened on time by Highways England.
Motorists using the A19 north of Newcastle will now be able to use a new section of road which carries it under a roundabout, which previously had to be negotiated by through traffic.
The roundabout is an interchange between the A19 and the A1058, which passes above it on a viaduct. Slip roads connect the A19 and the A1058 to the roundabout, enabling motorists to switch between the two roads.
The new junction was designed by WSP and built by John Sisk & Son for Highways England. It is expected to be used by around 80,000 vehicles per day.
Highways England project manager Julie Alexander said: “This exciting engineering project to create the North East’s first triple decker junction will improve safety and journey times while supporting economic growth in the area.
“We have been on site for over 1,000 days, worked in excess of 1M hours, and during that time over 80M vehicles have used that junction. It has been fascinating to see this junction take shape and now thousands of drivers will benefit from quicker, smoother journeys.”
Roads minister Jesse Norman added: “This new junction - the first of its kind in the North East - will reduce journey times for drivers and cut congestion, boosting the local economy.
“It also builds on other improvements in the region – such as the new Northern Spire Bridge and the remodelled St Mary’s Boulevard – where drivers are already seeing the benefits of investment.”
The upgrade has been delivered as part of the government’s £15bn roads investment strategy.
“This massive engineering project designed by WSP will have a lasting legacy on the landscape of the A19 in North Tyneside and also the community it serves,” Highways England affirmed in a statement.
As part of the project, 55 concrete bridge beams weighing up to 76t and over 23m in length have created the base for the three new road bridges. Two new pedestrian and cyclist bridges have also been created.
In total, the project required the use of 87,265t of stone and 16,800m³ of concrete.
Last month, it was also revealed that Costain would deliver major improvements on the A19 as part of Highways England’s Regional Investment Programme.
The appointment comes after Highways England awarded Costain the six-year contract delivery integration partner contract for its North and East Regions in November 2018.
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