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Maintaining County Durham's highways network

Published January 26, 2018 11.06am

Work to maintain a busy road and to preserve cobbles on a popular city centre route are to take place in the coming weeks.

Nevs Cross bridge

Neville's Cross bridge

The schemes at Neville's Cross and Owengate in Durham City are among those being carried out around the county in February, which also include resurfacing work at Shotton Colliery and Sedgefield.

The projects, all part of our capital maintenance programme, begin at Neville's Cross where expansion joints on the A167 road bridge over the East Coast Main Line are being replaced.

The work will take place from Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 February, with these dates chosen to coincide with school half term holidays when roads are quieter to minimise disruption. Motorists are warned however there may be some delays at peak times.

Work will be phased to prevent the need for a road closure and will be carried out between 7.00am and 7.00pm daily. Access will be maintained for cyclists and pedestrians throughout the scheme, with any work affecting footpaths to take place on one side of the road only at any one time, as it will be for emergency vehicles.

Further work to the bridge's barriers is scheduled for the school Easter holidays.

More information about the scheme can be found at our Neville's Cross bridge web page.

The scheme at Sedgefield is preparatory work on the A689 Beacon Lane ahead of resurfacing.

The work will run from Monday 12 to Friday 23 February and will see lane closures throughout. Motorists are advised to allow extra time if travelling the route. The resurfacing will take place in March.

The resurfacing at Shotton Colliery takes place at Station Road between Monday 12 and Thursday 15 February. Work will take place between 7.00am and 7.00pm with phased road closures and diversions in place.

The scheme at Owengate begins on Monday 26 February and will see the road's cobbles taken up and taken away for cleaning.

The work will run until late March and will see a temporary surface put down until the cobbles are relaid in the summer.

Owengate will be closed to traffic Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.30pm while the work is taking place.

The Cathedral Bus will follow an alternative route to the rear of the attraction.

The work is the second of three phases of a scheme to refurbish Owengate, the first of which saw its footpaths widened to improve disabled access.

Further information is available at our Owengate web page.

Brian Buckley, our strategic highways manager, said: "Neville's Cross Bridge carries thousands of vehicles each day and its joints accommodate every movement, expansion and shrinkage caused by the vibrations of the traffic and changes in temperature.

"It's therefore really important that we replace these joints, while the work at Owengate will ensure the cobbles are in the best possible condition for everyone who uses this popular route. 

"We have planned all these schemes to keep disruption to a minimum and ask that people bear with us while we deliver them."

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