New 142-metre bridge over A19 Testo’s roundabout reaches pivotal milestone
A critical phase of constructing a 1,393-tonne A19 flyover has been completed after several huge steel bridge beams were installed into the heart of the A19 Testo’s roundabout in South Tyneside.
The major improvement scheme, part of Highways England’s £124.5m investment, will provide a safer, more free-flowing network that will improve the environment and economic growth.
When the entire scheme is fully complete, set to be summer 2021, drivers will be able to commute along the new 142-metre bridge, meaning they will no longer have to stop at the existing junction, and new slip roads will be built to connect it to the A184.
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Highways England project manager Liam Quirk said:
“Reaching the integral milestone of placing the steel bridge beams – 99% of which were produced in the UK – is exciting to reach.
“It’s fantastic that people are now able to see this huge structure taking shape which when ready will reduce journey times for drivers and create safer and more free-flowing journeys.
“Putting the beams into place and completing this critical step of the scheme has been a huge collaborative effort from so many people, and I’d like to say a massive thank you to all involved. I’d also like to pass on my thanks to drivers and residents for their patience while we carry out the work.”
This latest stage of the scheme saw cross sections of the bridge lifted into place over two September weekends, as well as the new beams which will be the first horizontal parts of the structure crossing the roundabout.
The bridge is being built as a series of 25 paired girders, the largest of which is 33 metres in length. The heaviest pair weigh in at around 60 tonnes.
To complete further work on the bridge, as well as drainage and resurfacing work around the roundabout, as safely and quickly as possible, a weekend closure is required between 8pm tomorrow (Friday 2 October) until 6am Monday 5 October. The A19 will be fully closed as well as the approaches to the junction along the A184.
Diversion routes will be clearly signed and drivers are advised to check before setting off on their journey.
Strict safeguarding measures are in place on site to prevent the spread of COVID19 and will be closely monitored to keep the workforce and road users safe.
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