The New Wear Crossing roadworks at Pallion Junction are entering their next phase as work continues to link the new bridge to Sunderland’s main road network.
Work will be ongoing in the Pallion Junction area until spring 2017. The section of European Way between Pallion Junction and the entrance to Pallion Industrial Estate will now be shut in both directions through until mid-July to allow the construction team to work in this area.
The existing signed diversion, via St Luke’s Road, will continue and vehicle and pedestrian access to local shops, Pallion Retail Park and Pallion Metro Station, will be maintained.
The new bridge will cross the River Wear between Wessington Way in Castletown and European Way in Pallion.
Plans to build a landmark bridge that would revitalise Sunderland's economy by linking important business areas have been scrapped.
The New Wear Crossing was to be an imposing structure that would cost nearly 120 million pounds.
However, the council has not been able to find a construction company that can do the job at that price.
Kenny Toal sent this report from the site of the proposed bridge.
Watch it in full below.
Sunderland City Council have confirmed that they looking into plans for a simplified design for the new Wear Crossing - in place of previous proposals for a 120 million pound bridge to be built in Sunderland.
The new bridge will be built using existing funding and will transport two lanes of traffic in both directions. The design will also include cycleways and footpaths.
A meeting of the City Council's Cabinet, due to be held next week, is expected to conclude that the previous design is unaffordable.