More roadwork pain for Hartlepool motorists as A689 closes from tonight

The A689/ Greatham Village junction at Sappers Corner, where traffic will be diverted this weekend as the road ahead gets closed for resurfacing work.  Picture by FRANK REID
The A689/ Greatham Village junction at Sappers Corner, where traffic will be diverted this weekend as the road ahead gets closed for resurfacing work. Picture by FRANK REID
  • Motorists will be diverted through Greatham
  • Improvement scheme to A689 is costing £300,000
  • Lorries will have to head along Tees Road

HARTLEPOOL looks set for more roadworks that will close a section of dual carriageway into the town for the weekend – with the bulk of traffic being diverted through a village.

The improvement scheme on the A689 comes just days after “essential” £300,000 resurfacing works were started further down the road between Truro Drive and the Owton Lodge roundabout.

Greatham Village High Street, where traffic will be diverted this weekend as a section of the A689 is closed for repairs.  Picture by FRANK REID

Greatham Village High Street, where traffic will be diverted this weekend as a section of the A689 is closed for repairs. Picture by FRANK REID

The second scheme of work at the weekend will see the A689 closed from its junction with Sappers Corner and the rear access road into Greatham – opposite Dalton Back Lane.

The road will be closed from 8pm tonight until Sunday morning.

Motorists will be diverted through Greatham, along its High Street, and back onto the A689 via the village’s rear access road, which goes over Greatham Bridge.

The Sappers Corner junction and the rear access road into Greatham will remain open as normal.

We are doing it over the weekend to minimise disruption

Brendon Colarossi, the council’s principal projects engineer

Larger vehicles such as lorries will be sent along Seaton Lane, Brenda Road, and Tees Road, in order to get out of town.

Hartlepool Borough Council chiefs say the closure is necessary for the complete rebuilding and re-laying of a section of the left hand lane, which has become “very worn”.

Brendon Colarossi, the council’s principal projects engineer, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience which the work may cause, but it is essential.

“We are doing it over the weekend to minimise disruption and will carry it out as quickly as possible.”

The road out of Greatham Village leading to the A689.  Picture by FRANK REID

The road out of Greatham Village leading to the A689. Picture by FRANK REID

The work further down the A689 towards the Owton Lodge roundabout started on Monday and is set to last another seven weeks.

It has created large queues of traffic during rush hour times travelling both in and out of Hartlepool due to a contraflow system which has been put in place.

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

On the other side of town, in Powlett Road, between Easington Road and Marina Way, more roadworks have been under way since 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.