Motorists are facing fresh disruptions on a key route in North Tyneside.
Work is due to start next month on the latest phase of North Tyneside Council’s £7.2million A1058 Coast Road Improvement Scheme.
With the finishing touches being made to the new look Billy Mill junction, the authority have turned their attention to the Norham Road Bridge over the Coast Road.
The initial plan was to replace the bridge in two halves, allowing one half to remain open to vehicles, but now the work will be completed in one operation – reducing the construction period by two months.
The existing bridge – which is 50-years-old and at the end of its lifespan – is due to close to traffic in the week commencing June 5, with the new bridge opening in Spring 2018.
The new bridge will be wider and feature a four-way traffic light controlled junctions.
Sisk Lagan, the joint venture organisation delivering Highways England’s A19/A1058 Silverlink junction improvement, will do the work.
During the work, the existing slip roads will remain open, as well as the Coast Road. Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to use the existing bridge.
The bridge is expected to be demolished in July during one night, when the Coast Road will be closed.
Paul Hanson, deputy chief executive at the council, said: “We know that drivers and public transport passengers want us to complete our road improvements as quickly as possible.
“Demolishing and reconstructing the bridge in one operation means a shorter construction period, less congestion and the work will be delivered more safely.
“We understand the work will cause inconvenience to some residents and we’re grateful for their patience.”
Once complete, the new bridge is expected to have a 120-year lifespan.
In advance of the bridge’s closure there will be some overnight working in the area while cable ducts are installed for new street lighting and traffic signals.
This will need the introduction of temporary traffic signals and slip road closures, which would cause significant congestion during the daytime.
Consequently, the work will be carried out overnight for six nights, from 8pm to 6am, starting on Tuesday, May 30.
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