A senior engineering official has viewed first hand the complex work creating the region’s first triple decker roundabout.
Sarah Kellerman, the new regional chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE) in the North East, spent time at the A19 Coast Road scheme.
The £75million Highways England scheme will see a triple decker roundabout created at Silverlink, with the A19 running under the junction.
Once complete, it is hoped the new-look junction will help reduce congestion and improve the journey time for the thousands of commuters who use it every day.
Highways England and its contractors Sisk Lagan are supporting the Institution of Civil Engineers’ public awareness campaign by displaying a large ‘This is Civil Engineering’ banner at the site.
The banners help increase public perception of civil engineering projects and how they will benefit the community.
Highways England’s regional programme leader Brian Williams said: “We are pleased to be supporting this campaign at our A19 Coast Road scheme which requires some complex engineering solutions to lower the A19 below the two existing levels of the roundabout and the A1058 Coast Road.
“The first phase of piling work has now come to an end and work has started to install the drainage. We will soon be starting work on some of the new structures.”
When the new underpass is created, around 100,000 cubic metres and10,000 wagon movements of recycled earthwork will be moved.
Sarah said: “The triple-decker roundabout is an excellent example of the innovative solutions that civil engineers develop to improve and create infrastructure.
“We are delighted that Highways England and Sisk Lagan are displaying a ‘This is Civil Engineering’ banner to highlight the work of civil engineers.”
Sisk Lagan’s transportation director Wayne Metcalfe said: “The Sisk-Lagan joint venture is delighted to be working with Highways England to safely deliver this vital junction improvement for the North East.
“This is the first Northern Powerhouse project demonstrating a significant investment in the North East’s infrastructure providing opportunities for many graduates and civil engineering apprenticeships.
“Our STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) ambassadors use their enthusiasm and commitment to encourage young people to open the doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEM subjects and careers.
“We are really pleased to be able to work with ICE to promote the work we do.”