THE new look Newport Bridge is nearing completion.
Between the end of June and mid-July the road crossing the bridge will close overnight between 8pm and 6am to allow the existing scaffolding to be removed.
Once the scaffolding has been removed the existing 18 tonne weight restriction will also be lifted. The inside faces of the bridge arches will then be painted which will require lane restrictions to be put in place from mid-July until the end of August. During this period the outside lanes will be closed but the inside lanes will remain open so that traffic can travel in both directions at all times.
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor David Rose, said: “The A1032 that runs across the bridge is a busy commuter route and is a vital part of our highways network so it’s really important that we carried out the necessary repairs and repainting to make sure it remains safe.
“We are aware that the road is very well used, particularly during rush hour, so we will make sure the remaining road closures take place overnight when the road is less busy.
“Once complete, the bridge will once again look spectacular and imposing on the Stockton Borough horizon and most importantly, commuters will be able to use it with minimal disruption for many years to come.”
Access for cyclists and pedestrians will be maintained by keeping at least one footpath open throughout the works.
The 80-year-old Grade II listed structure will be fully repaired and repainted by the end of August.