Essential structural repairs on a key access to Teesside Park will get under way next week.
The repairs, which have been carefully planned to minimise disruption to shoppers, are needed on Teesside Park Drive at its junctions with the westbound sliproads to and from the A66, which overlook the new Barker and Stonehouse store.
Severe subsidence at the junctions has caused repeated damage to the road surface and is now at risk of cutting off the power supply to the traffic signals.
Repair work will start on Monday (July 13) and will be carried out under overnight lane closures from 8pm to 6am, Monday to Friday.
Traffic flow will be maintained in both directions over the A66 at all times, though there will be two turning restrictions for the duration of the work.
There will be no right turns onto the westbound A66 or from the westbound sliproad leaving the A66 onto the Teesdale bound carriageway.
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor David Rose, said: “We’ve had to do a number of temporary repairs over the years but they are no longer proving effective.
“This much-needed structural repair involves the removal of a significant quantity of tarmac from the road surface. As well as the essential repairs, we’ll be providing new traffic signals, upgraded crash barriers and improved pedestrian facilities.
“We know this is a busy route, both for Teesside Park visitors and for people getting to and from the Teesdale area, but it will be very much business as usual for the park throughout.
“We are taking steps to keep disruption to a minimum by scheduling the work overnight and largely during the summer holidays.”
The work is due for completion in September, weather permitting.
Highways England will then carry out a phased programme of resurfacing work on the A66 either side of Surtees Bridge. The work is due for completion late October.
For further details of major highways schemes in Stockton-on-Tees, visit www.stockton.gov.uk/majorhighwayprojects