More misery for drivers as roadworks return to the A1

The A1 will have lane closures and a full overnight closure for bridge joint repairs to be carried out. Pic: Google Maps.
The A1 will have lane closures and a full overnight closure for bridge joint repairs to be carried out. Pic: Google Maps.

Part of the A1 on Tyneside will be closed this week - just a month after the road was fully reopened after two years of roadworks.

Lane one on the northbound carriageway between Junction 73 (Derwenthaugh) and Junction 74 (Scotswood) on the outskirts of Newcastle will be closed for the rest of this week for temporary repairs to be made to the bridge joint of Blaydon Haugh Viaduct.

There will also be full closures of the northbound carriageway overnight so preparatory work can be carried out to lane 2.

The works mean further frustration for motorists, just four weeks after a six-mile stretch of the A1 just to the south was fully reopened for the first time in two years.

Contractors for Highways England are working on a temporary solution which, when complete, will allow traffic to run at the usual 50mph speed limit until a permanent solution takes place in about six months' time.

Highways England project manager Mike Hoult said: “We need to carry out repairs to the bridge joints on Blaydon Haugh Viaduct.

"This is a complex operation, which is why it is taking us some time to get the lane back open.

“Work has already started, but people travelling over the bridge are unlikely to see anything, as the majority of the work will be carried out overnight under full lane closures.

“We would like to thank drivers for their patience while we carry out this repair, and will fully open the bridge to traffic as soon as it is safe to do so.”