North Tyneside is set to be the location of a new ‘triple-decker’ roundabout, after work began this week on improvements to reduce traffic congestion on the A19.
The £75 million scheme is taking place at the A1058 Coast Road junction between the two routes and will mean that drivers on the A19 will no longer have to queue at the roundabout in order to go straight on.
Instead, they will be able to use a new piece of road that will travel under the existing junction, while the main carriageway of the A1058 travels over the roundabout.
Project manager at Highways England Julie Alexander stated: “Once complete, this scheme will improve journey times on the A19 by reducing congestion and improving safety for the thousands of drivers that use this junction each day as well as cyclists and pedestrians.”
As well as realigning the A19 under the existing roundabout, the project will see the construction of three new single span structures to allow the A1058 Coast Road and A19 roundabout to cross over the A19, new slip roads, and enhanced facilities for cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians.
A temporary speed limit of 30mph has been put in place on both roads and connecting slip roads while the work takes place, and some overnight closures will be necessary as the project advances. These will be announced closer to the time.
“The A19 is a vital strategic link providing access to the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate, Silverlink Retail Park, Cobalt Business Park and South East Northumberland,” Ms Alexander said. “During construction, we will do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum and ensure that traffic does keep moving.”
The work is expected to be completed around March 2019 and is part of a £15 billion, five-year programme of improvements to highways in the north east of England, which are intended to support economic growth in the region.