Hartlepool drivers face five months of delays

Powlett Road road works
Powlett Road road works

A MAJOR road improvement scheme is set to bring further misery for drivers as it is set to last for five months.

Work will start in Hartlepool on Monday, January 12, on the A179 Powlett Road, between Easington Road and Marina Way, in the town.

The project – which is being carried out by Hartlepool Borough Council and will take around 20 weeks – will improve traffic flow on the road, which is used by the Stagecoach service 4 bus.

It will involve widening the road to create an additional lane travelling west along Powlett Road, as well as various other improvements such as repairs to large areas of the existing carriageway, upgrades to traffic signal systems and benefits for pedestrians including traffic islands and improved crossing points.

The scheme is being funded via the Tees Valley Bus Network Improvements Project using money from the Department for Transport and the council’s Local Transport Plan.

Disruption will be kept to a minimum as much as possible and it is anticipated that the A179 Powlett Road will be kept open to traffic during the vast majority of the work. However Milbank Road will be closed to vehicles at its junction with Powlett Road from January 7 for the duration of the work.

Steven Abbey, assistant engineer in the council’s highways section, said: “These important improvements are the last of what has been a successful programme over the last five years to improve the bus network and traffic flows across the town.

“We will do our very best to minimise disruption to drivers and pedestrians while the work is being carried out and we apologise for any inconvenience which may be caused.”

The Powlett Road scheme is the latest bout of works in Hartlepool, after the Mail reported how motorists were facing delays in two other areas of town, on the A689 Stockton Road.

Works to the gas network have affected traffic on the A689 Stockton Road, at the roundabout with Belle Vue Way and Stockton Road, which are due to last a week.

Resurfacing work is also being carried out in Catcote Road, at the junctions of Brierton Lane and Darvel Road, and is expected to last four weeks.