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Published 27th Jul 2011

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A five-week programme of work starts this week on the north Middlesbrough road network.

The remedial and maintenance work – starting on Wednesday, July 27 – will be carried out on and around Newport Interchange and Riverside Park Roundabout.

The works are the final phase of the North Middlesbrough Accessibility scheme which was completed ahead of schedule at the end of 2009.

The £15.4 million project was designed improve traffic flow in the area and provide improved access to businesses on the Riverside Industrial Estate.

On Wednesday, July 27 work will start on repairs to kerbing, traffic islands and lining on and around both Newport and Riverside Park roundabouts. This work will be carried out during off peak times.

Repairs will be carried out to manholes on the westbound carriageway of the A66 over Newport Interchange on Monday, August 1.

The inside lane of the A66 will be closed, with two lanes remaining open throughout. At the same time further repairs will be carried out to the eastbound carriageway of the A66 over Newport Interchange, along with alterations to signage and lining on the Newport Interchange slip roads. This work will be carried out overnight.

It is hoped the full programme of work will be completed by Friday, August 26.

Councillor Nicky Walker, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Transport, said: “The improvement scheme that was completed 18 months ago has proved a huge success.

“It has allowed traffic in north Middlesbrough to flow much more freely, and access to the Riverside Industrial Estate is easier than ever.

“The motoring public showed enormous patience during what was a major civil engineering project and I’m sure they’ll work with us again during these final parts of the scheme.

“As ever we will do our best to keep any disruption to a minimum.”

Key points of the North Middlesbrough Accessibility Scheme

  • Increased capacity on the A66, with the creation of an extra lane in each direction between the A19 junction and Newport Roundabout
  • Increased capacity at Newport Roundabout and the installation of traffic lights on the major approaches to improve safety
  • New access from Newport Roundabout into North Middlesbrough via a new bridge over the railway. Two pairs of beams each weighing 180 tonnes were swung into place last February.
  • The creation of a new 2km link road being called Ironmasters Way, reflecting the industrial heritage of the area. Much of the new link road is on an embankment formed from 60,000 tonnes of pulverised fuel ash. Recycling that material meant a 50,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions saving over bringing in clay.





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