Major A19 upgrade takes several significant steps forward
A major upgrade that will create a free-flowing A19 for drivers has made significant progress.
Piling work has been completed at Testo’s roundabout, enabling contractors to build the support walls for the bridge.
The £124.5 million upgrade will see the A19 raised above the existing Testo’s roundabout and new slip roads built to connect it to the A184. Once finished, road users will no longer need to negotiate a junction, and can instead continue uninterrupted.
Highways England senior project manager Tom Howard said:
“After finishing the roads connecting Testo’s junction and Downhill Lane at the start of the year, which created room for building the flyover, we successfully put together the foundations with more than 130 concrete piles and built up the embankments to get the road ready for drivers to enjoy a free-flowing A19.
“We have made good progress with earth work, drainage and fencing, while maintaining strict safeguarding measures, in line with Public Health England guidance, to prevent the spread of COVID19.
“Now we can turn our attention to building the support walls to retain earth and support the beams, before finally installing the beams themselves. Later this year the flyover will be in position and ready for the road to be built on it.”
The major scheme to improve congestion and reduce journey times for drivers using the popular South Tyneside route started last March, and is due to be completed in summer 2021.
Next the team starts resurfacing work underneath Downhill Lane, which requires the removal of some of the temporary safety barrier. To do the job safely, there will be a full weekend closure of the northbound A19 between Hylton and Testo’s roundabout from 8pm on Friday (29 May) to 6am on Monday 1 June. This will be followed by overnight closures from 1 June to resurface the area and install new drainage.
There will also be reconstruction work to move the bridleway between the A184 Abingdon Way and Downhill Lane away from the embankment at the new Downhill Lane southbound exit slip road. There will be a full closure of the bridleway for six weeks, starting from approximately 6am of 1 June.
Further information can be found by following @highwaysNEAST on Twitter or calling the Highways England Information Line on 0300 123 5000.