Press release

Planned roadworks in the North East – summary for Monday 27 July to Sunday 2 August

Summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week.

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The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 24 July and could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible.

A1M junctions 59 to 61, County Durham

The southbound carriageway will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 6am, on Monday 27 July and the northbound carriageway will be closed overnight on Tuesday 28 July for maintenance work. Drivers will be able to follow clearly-signed diversion routes.

A1 junction 56 Barton to junction 51 Leeming Bar

There will be phases of overnight lane closures and full carriageway closures while work takes place to upgrade the road to motorway standards. There will also be narrow lanes and a 50mph speed restriction 24 hours a day, and a lane closure on the junction 51 roundabout between 9am and 4pm until the end of October. The northbound carriageway will be closed overnight between junction 50 and Scotch Corner, and the southbound carriageway between Scotch Corner and junction 51, from Monday 27 July until Saturday 1 August. The closures will take place between 8pm and 6am, with diversions in place. The project is due to be completed by spring 2017.

A1 Coalhouse interchange, Newcastle Gateshead western bypass

The southbound exit slip road will be closed between 8pm and 6am from Monday 27 July until Friday 31 August for resurfacing work. There will be a diversion in place.

A1 Lamesley to Swalwell, Gateshead

Narrow lanes and a 40mph speed limit are in place while work is carried out to upgrade the section of the A1 past Gateshead. There are also overnight lane closures between 8pm and 6am. The southbound exit slip road at junction 71, the southbound entry slip road at junction 70, and the southbound exit slip road at junction 69 will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from Monday 27 until Friday 31 July. Diversions will be in place. The project is due to be completed by spring 2016.

A1 Alnwick, Northumberland

The northbound side of the A1 is currently closed near Alnwick while work takes place to refurbish a bridge. Traffic is running in both directions on the southbound carriageway 24 hours a day. Temporary traffic lights are also in use on the A1068 below the bridge. The project is due to be completed by August.

A66 Scotch Corner to Hartforth, North Yorkshire

The westbound side of the A66 will be closed while resurfacing work takes place. Traffic will be running in both directions on the eastbound carriageway 24 hours a day. This project will complete early August.

A66 Blackwell, Darlington Bypass

The A66 will be closed overnight at Blackwell on Sunday 2 August, between 8pm and 6am, for maintenance work. Drivers will be able to follow a clearly-signed diversion route. Narrow lanes will also be in place until the project is completed at the end of August.

A168 Dishforth, North Yorkshire

Resurfacing work will take place using temporary traffic lights overnight, between 8pm and 6am, through the A168 roundabouts and link road from Monday 27 July until Wednesday 29 July and from Sunday 2 August until Monday 3 August. The road will also be closed overnight between the A1M entry slip and Dishforth village roundabout, with diversions in place.

A194M Havannah Interchange, South Tyneside

There will be a lane closure on the southbound exit slip road between 9am and 5pm for survey work on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 July.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

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Published 24 July 2015