Burn valley roundbout will close for works

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DRIVERS are being warned that a roundabout will be closed to traffic over the next three Sundays for improvement work.

The Burn Valley Roundabout in Hartlepool will be closed on Sunday, November 4, 11 and 18 as work continues on a major improvement scheme.

The temporary closures will be in operation from 6am to about 8pm and signposted diversions will be in place.

The £275,000 scheme, which began in early October and will take about six weeks to complete, involves re-modelling the roundabout to improve traffic flows by enabling two vehicles to safely travel around it side-by-side.

Three approach roads, York Road, Blakelock Gardens and Stockton Road (the stretch running down to Belle Vue Way), are being widened where they feed into the roundabout to create two lanes and help reduce queuing at busy times.

The road around the roundabout is being rebuilt and new, improved pedestrian crossing islands will also be installed on every approach.

Brendon Colarossi, senior projects officer at Hartlepool Borough Council’s Highways Section, said: “As part of the work, we will need to close the roundabout entirely while we lay the new carriageway in the area around it.

“We apologise for any inconvenience which this may cause - to reduce the disruption to drivers, we have scheduled the closures for the next three Sundays, when the roads are quieter.”

The improvement scheme is part of an ongoing programme to improve the bus network across the town.

It is being funded with Government money via the Tees Valley Bus Network Improvement Fund and Hartlepool Borough Council’s Local Transport Plan.