Published June 23, 2017 2.32pm
Major improvements to a Durham City road junction are to begin next week.
We are to upgrade traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, realign traffic islands and to carry out road reconstruction and resurfacing at Neville's Cross, from Monday 26 June.
The project is essential as the existing lights are 25 years old while the roads through the junction are in need of upgrading as they are used by an average 37,000 vehicles every day.
It will take place in phases and is scheduled to last approximately 11 weeks.
The project has been carefully planned to minimise disruption with it timed to coincide with the summer when traffic is lighter, and reconstruction and resurfacing to take place overnight.
Temporary lights will be in place while the traffic lights are being replaced and there will be diversions while the reconstruction and resurfacing is being carried out.
Adrian White, our head of transport and contract services, said: "This is obviously a very busy junction in Durham City and it is important that we have a modern traffic light system and improved road conditions for the sheer numbers of motorists who use it.
"There will be some delays while the traffic lights are being upgraded so we are asking people to allow extra time for their journeys and to consider using alternative routes where possible, particularly at peak times.
"There will also be some disruption for residents and businesses in the vicinity of the resurfacing and reconstruction works, in terms of access to property and noise, for which we apologise in advance.
"However, the work has been planned to minimise disruption as far as is possible and we aim to have it finished as soon as we can."
Work will not be taking place on Saturday 8 July to allow Durham Miners' Gala to go ahead unaffected.
Further information about the project is available at our Neville's Cross page.