Residents, businesses and drivers are being invited to find out more about a multi-million pound scheme which will reduce congestion for the thousands of drivers who use a key northern trans-Pennine route every day.
A major upgrade at Bridge End roundabout which will save drivers travelling along the A69 around an hour a week is due to start in October.
This vital upgrade will also support economic growth, improve access from the A69 into Hexham, improve safety and strengthen the case for future dualling of the A69.
Prior to work starting an information event will be held at Hexham Community Centre on Thursday 12 September between noon and 5pm to answer any questions about the scheme.
Highways England project manager Russell Mclean said: “The event is a good chance for residents, drivers and businesses to pop along and ask any questions about the temporary road layout and how it might affect their daily commute.”
To create the new layout:
- 90,000 cubic metres of soil will be removed – this is 10,000 more than what was removed from the A19 Coast Road scheme where a triple decker junction was created
- Six steel beams will be used to form the bases of the two new bridges– laid in a line these would be enough to form the column of Grey’s Monument more than eight times
- 4,200 metres of new drainage will be installed – enough to stretch across Tyne Bridge more than 10 times
- The amount of resurfacing will be the same weight as 1,950 double decker buses
There will be a temporary speed limit of 30mph around the junction for the safety of drivers and workers while the new section of the A69 is created under the roundabout.