Press release

Planned roadworks in the North East – summary for Monday 3 to Sunday 9 August

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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 31 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.

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. In addition to this there will be a carriageway closure southbound between Scotch Corner and junction 51 from Monday 3 until Friday 7 August. Following on from this there will be a carriageway closure northbound between junction 50 and Scotch Corner and southbound between Scotch Corner and junction 51 on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August. All these closures will take place between 8pm and 6am with diversions in place. The project is due to be completed by spring 2017.

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. In addition to this the junction 71 southbound entry slip road, the junction 70 southbound entry slip road, and the junction 69 southbound exit slip road will be closed. These closures will take place from Monday 3 until Wednesday 5 August, between 8pm and 6am with diversions 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 the end of 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 until 6am on Tuesday 4 August. Following on from this there will be a lane closure east and westbound between 8pm and 6am on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 August.

A66 Bowes to Cumbrian Border, County Durham

There will be 24 hour contraflow in place for resurfacing work. The westbound carriageway will be closed with both directions travelling on the eastbound carriageway. This will take place from Monday 3 August until the end of the month.

A1 Stannington, Northumberland

There will be a carriageway closure northbound for resurfacing work between 8pm and 6am. This will take place from Monday 3 until Thursday 6 August, with a diversion in place. Following on from this a contraflow will be in place from 6am on Sunday 9 August with the northbound carriageway closed and traffic running in both directions on the southbound carriageway. The contraflow will be in place for 24 hours a day, but will be removed during August bank holiday. These works will be completed by mid-September.

A66 Scotch Corner to Ravensworth, North Yorkshire

There will be convoy working in operation between 8pm and 6am for road marking work. This will take place from Thursday 6 and Friday 7 August.

General enquiries

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

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Published 31 July 2015