Triple-deck junction: the UK's North Tyneside A19/A1058 Coast Road improvement scheme opens
More than 80,000 drivers a day are now using the recently opened and - first ever - North Tyneside triple-deck highway junction in the northeast.
England’s A19 /A1058 Coast Road junction improvement scheme, being done for the client Highways England, was opened on time. However, there will be some overnight closures in the next several weeks to complete the landscaping, traffic light and footpath work. A time capsule has been buried on site and is due to be opened in 2118.
Work started in June 2016 on the North Tyneside project. The recent opening comes less than two weeks after a €146 million Highways England scheme got underway to improve congestion and reduce journey times on the A19 in South Tyneside.
Drivers will no longer have to negotiate the roundabout and can continue straight on along the A19, said project manager Julie Alexander, who works for the government agency and client Highways England.
The entire North Tyneside junction has been resurfaced and more than 580 concrete rotary piles have been installed to support the structures. Also, 55 concrete bridge beams weighing up to 76 tonnes and over 23m in length have created the base for the three new road bridges. Two pedestrian and cyclist bridges also have been created.
The upgrade is part of the UK government’s €17.5 billion roads investment strategy to improve the intercity road network.