When will the A1 bypass roadworks be finished?
Since August 2014 Highways England have been carrying out extensive work on the A1 Western Bypass from the Coal House junction the Metro Centre. The improvements involve adding an extra lane to both the North and South bound carriageways and also some work is being carried out to improve the A184 junction, which is one of the main routes into Gateshead from the A1.
The old Road to Tyne United Rowing Club
How is this going to help?
The project aims to make journey times more reliable, decrease the amount and severity of road traffic collisions, increase the road capacity and also support local regeneration and development plans. The project has also supported the local community, Balfour Beatty, working in partnership with sub-contractors, used materials recycled from the A1 works to resurface the entrance to the Tyne United Rowing Club in Newburn. The road was in a terrible state and is regularly used by schools, universities and people throughout the North East.
When will it be finished?
According to Highways England the project is expected to be completed and open to traffic at the end of June 2016! By November 2015 the southbound carriageway was complete and work had constructed and work had begun on the northbound carriageway.
How did they do it?
Excavating the slopes on both sides of the dual carriageway created the space needed for the additional lanes. The slopes have been supported and stabilised using metal rods, mesh and concrete fencing. In an attempt to make the project more sustainable the rock excavated from the A184 junction is crushed and processed at a free quarry then reused on all sorts of projects around the North-East. Some of the new curbs that have been used are made from recycled plastic bottles which in fact are more robust and have a longer life-cycle than traditional concrete curbs.