DRIVERS can expect delays when travelling on one of the main routes in an out of Hartlepool until the middle of March.
Northern Power Grid started work on the A689 Stockton Road yesterday, near to the junction with Brierton Lane, and large tailbacks went from the site of the work right back up to Queens Meadow Business Park, near Greatham.
Then further down the road, at the Belle Vue Way/Brenda Road roundabout, Hartlepool Borough Council is due to start further work on the second and final phase of a £600,000 project of repairs and improvements on Monday, which will not be completed until mid-March.
The project, which started last autumn, includes the complete rebuilding and resurfacing of the road around the roundabout, plus the installation of better drainage.
It also involves widening Brenda Road, near to the new Hungry Horse restaurant, on the northbound approach to the roundabout, to create a new left-turn filter lane onto the A689 west-bound to help tackle the long traffic queues which build up on Brenda Road during busy periods.
During the second phase there will be no access between the roundabout and the section of Brenda Road to the south of the roundabout, near to Tees Bay Retail Park – except for access to the Hungry Horse site and the Stagecoach depot. Signposted diversions and a contraflow system will be in place on the A689 in the area around the roundabout.
As a result, signposted diversions will also be in place for south and west-bound traffic on the section of Brenda Road to the north of the roundabout.
However, there will still be access to the shops – such as Greggs and Vets4Pets – on the corner overlooking the roundabout.
Brendon Colarossi, the council’s senior projects officer, said: “We apologise once again for any inconvenience which the work may cause. It was essential to do the repairs as the road surface around the roundabout was very worn and needed replacing. Also, adding the new left turn filter lane should substantially reduce the long traffic tailbacks which build up on the south section of Brenda Road on the approach to the roundabout.”