Drivers warned over weeks of disruption as £300,000 roadworks begin in Hartlepool.

A roadworks sign A689 South near Owton Lodge Pub
A roadworks sign A689 South near Owton Lodge Pub

MOTORISTS are being warned to expect weeks of disruption as “essential” £300,000 roadworks on one of the main routes in and out of town start on Monday.

A section of the busy A689 between Truro Drive and the Owton Lodge roundabout will be resurfaced by town highways chiefs in a scheme set to last eight weeks.

The stretch of road heading into town will be closed while the road is relayed by Hartlepool Borough Council engineers.

A contraflow system will be in operation along the other side of the road while the work is being carried out.

Traffic lights at the Truro Drive junction will be temporarily turned off and there will be no access to the A689 from Truro Drive, Dawlish Drive and Torquay Avenue.

The council says signposted diversions will be in place.

Brendon Colarossi, the council’s principal projects engineer, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience which the work may cause but the repairs are essential as the road surface has become very worn and needs replacing.

“This follows on from similar repairs which we carried out on the southbound (heading out of town) section of this stretch of road back in 2013.

“We will do our very best to carry out the work as quickly as possible.”

Road signs have gone up in the area over the last week to prepare drivers.

The A689 is one of the busiest roads in town.

It comes as another major road improvement scheme is taking place at the other end of the town in Powlett Road.

The five-month programme of works between Easington Road and Marina Way, got underway in January.

It is being done to improve traffic flow on Powlett Road including widening the road to create an additional lane travelling west.

The works are the last of a five-year programme to improve the town’s bus network and traffic flows.