A TEMPORARY closure of Billingham Viaduct (A139) will be in place from Sunday (July 22) for up to six weeks as essential work to repair the bridge gets under way.
The bridge, which crosses the A19, is being repaired and waterproofed by Highways England.
Once this work is complete, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council will resurface the road.
The work requires a full closure of the road and signed diversion routes will be in place while the work is carried out.
Why is the work necessary?
Highways England regularly monitors the A139 Billingham Viaduct and is carrying out essential waterproofing work to the bridge. Once the bridge repairs are complete the Council will then resurface the A139, as well as the adjacent roundabout to the A19 northbound off-slip road.
Why does the bridge have to be fully closed?
It’s necessary to close the bridge entirely to allow all the work to be undertaken in a safe and secure manner.
What about pedestrians?
A thoroughfare for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained at all times.
Will bus services be affected?
Yes. Bus stops in Billingham Road (at Colchester Road) in Norton and South View (at West Avenue) in Billingham will be out of use during the work.
There will also be some changes to Stagecoach services 36 and 52.
Stagecoach customers who normally board the 36 at the stops at Billingham Green, Station Road Post Office or Billingham War Memorial should instead catch service 52, which will serve these stops. Customers should note that they will need to board on the opposite side of the road to which they usually board.
Customers from these stops who require destinations which are not served by the 52, such as Greatham, Hartlepool or Middlesbrough, may travel on the 52 free of charge to their closest available connection point with the 36, which does serve these destinations.
Information will be displayed on those bus stops affected.
For further information please contact Traveline on 0871 2002233 or visit www.connectteesvalley.com
How long will the work take?
The work is expected to take around six weeks, weather permitting.
Councillor Mike Smith, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “The work has been scheduled to take place during the school summer holidays to minimise disruption. The closure is needed for essential maintenance work and to ensure the work is carried out in a safe and secure manner.
“We will do all we can to minimise disruption and signpost alternative routes. We also ask drivers to plan their journeys in advance and allow extra time to reach their destination, especially at peak times.”
For more information about roadworks in Stockton-on-Tees visit www.stockton.gov.uk/roadworks