Construction work has started on a new triple decker roundabout in North Tyneside.
Highways England said that the roundabout is part of improvement works that will reduce congestion and improve journey time reliability.
Over the past couple of months contractors have been carrying out preparatory work, such as clearing the roundabout of vegetation and creating a temporary road layout around the A19 Coast Road roundabout as part of the £75M scheme.
Highways England said that traffic was already using the new layout on the northern side of the roundabout, which has to be in place so the workforce can work safely. After Christmas drivers will start using the new layout on the southern side.
“This is a great milestone in the project which will see work start on creating the third layer of the roundabout. This is a complex piece of engineering which has required some careful planning and once complete will bring real benefits for drivers in the North Tyneside area and to the wider economy,” said Highways England project manager Julie Alexander.
This week the main piling work started on the northern side of the roundabout, which will create the start of the underpass.
New piles will form the new support for the A1058 road ahead of the underpass being dug out. Lowering the A19 beneath the existing A1058 Coast Road and roundabout will create the third layer of the roundabout.
Piling work around Middle Engine Lane has been completed. The work included 100, 600mm diameter piles, 9m in length.
The roundabout scheme is due to be completed in March 2019.