A major milestone replacing a bridge in North Shields will be reached this weekend.
Work on the Norham Road Bridge has seen the 50-year-old structure – which crosses the busy A1058 Coast Road – demolished as part of North Tyneside Council’s £7.2million A1058 Coast Road Improvement Scheme.
On Friday, contractors Sisk Lagan JV will take delivery of a set of new precast concrete beams that will form an integral part of the new bridge structure.
The beams will be lifted into place over the weekend and in order to complete this work quickly and safely, the Coast Road beneath the bridge will be closed to all traffic from 8pm on Friday until the early hours of Monday morning.
During this time, all traffic will be diverted up and over the existing slip-roads, so delays to journey times will be kept to a minimum.
It is expected that pedestrian and cycle access across the Coast Road using the remaining part of the old bridge will be maintained throughout.
Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for Housing and Transport, said: “The replacement of the old Norham Road Bridge with a new four-lane bridge across the Coast Road is an extremely challenging and complicated operation.
“Put simply, we are knocking down an old bridge and building a new one while tens of thousands of vehicles pass underneath every day.
“However, positive progress is being made and I’m delighted that we are set to reach another milestone. In the long term the scheme will have a number of benefits.”
“The work over this coming weekend has been carefully planned to minimise disruption but we would warn motorists to expect some delays and ask that they exercise caution when using the clearly-signposted diversions on the slip roads.
“We would like to thank all road users for their patience.”