A section of the A1231 Wessington Way in Sunderland will be closed overnight this week to enable final resurfacing works to be carried out ahead of the opening of the city’s new bridge later this spring.
The section of road between the Colima Avenue roundabout, near McDonald’s, and the Queen Alexandra Bridge gyratory will be closed to all traffic in both directions from 8pm until 6am each day.
The overnight closures will begin tonight and are expected to remain in place each night until Saturday morning, provided poor weather does not hamper progress.
A pedestrian route through the closure will be available at all times.
The resurfacing works are to be carried out overnight to minimise disruption, and to ensure all routes remain open during the busiest times of the day.
During the overnight closures, traffic will be diverted through Sunderland Enterprise Park – along Colima Avenue, Timber Beach Road, Hylton Park Road, Alexandra Avenue and Camden Street.
Drivers will be able to access Sainsbury’s supermarket from the east, along Dene Road, Castletown Road and Riverside Road, or from the west, along Northern Way, Dean Road, Bruntland Avenue and Riverside Road.
Works will also be taking place along the A1231 throughout this week as new 50mph speed limit signs are installed. The new, lower speed limit, which becomes operational on April 23 2018, is being introduced to increase capacity and ensure traffic moves efficiently along the route.
Whilst the overnight resurfacing works are being carried out on the A1231 Wessington Way this week, temporary traffic lights on nearby Timber Beach Road in Sunderland Enterprise Park will be removed each evening.
After the resurfacing works are complete, the temporary traffic lights on Timber Beach Road will be back in operation both during the day and in the evenings and will be in place for a further two to three weeks to enable final works to be carried out prior to the opening of the new bridge.