A19 Norton to Wynyard

Widening the A19 between Norton and Wynyard

Start date March 2020
End date 2022
Cost £60 to £70 million

Latest updates

  • 29 October 2020

    Construction update: Our work - October to Christmas

    Between now and Christmas we’ll be:

    - Finishing phase two of our work
    - Switching the traffic management from north to south
    - Starting phase three of our project

    Switching the traffic management from north to south will mean we can move traffic off the inside lane of the southbound carriageway. The switch will mean we can start working on this section of road during phase three of our project.

    After the switch is complete, you will notice that vehicles won’t be using the usual lanes. You’ll still be able to travel both north and south – just follow signs and lines on the road which will direct you through the changes.

    We will not be working for the two weeks over Christmas and New Year.

    Overnight road closures

    We’ll be doing a lot of our work overnight and we need to close sections of the road to keep everyone safe. 

    Overnight, between Monday and Friday the A19 northbound will be closed to traffic from the A139 junction to the A689 junction. The closures will take place in the following weeks:

    • 16 November – 20 November
    • 7 December - 11 December
    • 14 December - 18 December

    There will also be several more nights with road closures between 7 and 15 November. This is for the traffic management switch.

    Looking further ahead – phase three

     

    Once the traffic management switch is complete, the inside lane of the southbound carriageway will be clear for us to start work on phase three. This phase will take until spring 2021. We’ll be doing similar work to what we’ve been doing on the northbound carriageway, including some sheet piling. 

    The sheet piling work will take around eight weeks. It’ll start in late November 2020 and will finish by the end of January 2021.

    Sheet piling is where we push sheets of metal into the ground. These metal sheets are important as they provide support in the ground for the road improvements we’re making.

    We’re using modern equipment for the sheet piling. This has already cut the amount of time it took us to do similar work in phase two and means it was less noisy. We’ll be using this equipment again which means we hope to reduce disturbance and complete the work quickly.

    It is not possible at this stage to be specific about exact dates for particular work during phase three. Check out our Twitter feed, Facebook page and traffic information pages for the latest information.

  • 14 October 2020

    Construction update – phase 2 progressing well

    During October we will be completing phase two of our work. This includes a range of construction activities on the northbound carriageway, such as:

    • street lighting
    • removing and putting up message signs
    • new gantry work
    • improving existing culverts which are underground pipes
    • road surfacing
    • drainage
    • traffic signs and road markings

    To complete this work safely, the A19 northbound will be closed to traffic from the A139 junction to the A689 junction. This closure will be in place between 8pm and 6am Monday to Friday, for three weeks.

    During phase two we were able to cut the amount of time the sheet piling took by nearly half – from our expected 12 weeks to seven. The modern equipment used also reduced noise. In phase three we hope to reduce disturbance from, and time spent on sheet piling work in the same way.

    Traffic Management Switch

    Towards the end of October and the beginning of November further overnight working and road closures will be needed while we switch the traffic management contraflow.

    We will be temporarily widening Wynyard junction, completing surfacing and drainage work and also re-aligning traffic lanes, painting road markings and installing temporary barriers.

    The change will take place over several nights and drivers should follow the signage and lining which will direct them through the changes.

    Phase three

    When the switch is complete there will be two lanes running north on the northbound carriageway, while southbound traffic will run on the outside lane of the southbound carriageway and also on the outside lane of the northbound carriageway. This will leave the inside lane of the southbound carriageway clear for us to start work on phase three.

    The work will take until March 2021 and be similar to what we have been doing on the northbound carriageway. Sheet piling is expected to start in late November 2020 and take around eight weeks. We will not be working for the two weeks over Christmas and New Year, so we expect the sheet piling to be finished by the end of January 2021.

    We will also be completing some tasks on the northbound carriageway.

    It is not possible at this stage to be specific about exact dates for particular work during phase three but our Twitter feed, Facebook page and traffic information pages all provide the latest information.

  • 07 October 2020

    Construction update - completing phase 2

    During October we will be completing phase two of our work. This includes a range of construction activities on the northbound carriageway, such as:

    • street lighting
    • removing and putting up message signs
    • new gantry work
    • improving existing culverts which are underground pipes
    • road surfacing
    • drainage
    • traffic signs and road markings

    To complete this work safely, from Monday 5 October, the A19 northbound will be closed to traffic from the A139 junction to the A689 junction. This closure will be in place between 8pm and 6am Monday to Friday, for three weeks.

    Moving into phase three

    We will need to work overnight and put in place road closures as we move into phase three of our work. During phase three we will change the southbound contraflow to a northbound contraflow as we start work on the southbound carriageway.

    The overnight work at closures will allow us to temporarily widen Wynyard junction. We need to widen the junction to change the contraflow and to complete surfacing and drainage work. We will also re-align traffic lanes, paint road markings and put in place temporary barriers.

    Phase three of our work will start at the end of October and early November.

    It is not possible at this stage to be specific about which nights during this period there will be road closures but our Twitter feed, Facebook page and the traffic information pages of the website all provide the latest information.

Project information

Overview

We are increasing the A19 from two lanes in each direction to three lanes between Norton and Wynyard.

Traffic is expected to grow with new housing and employment developments planned for the area and this scheme allows for this to happen.

The scheme will benefit local residents and businesses by relieving congestion, improving journey time reliability and network resilience.

Replacement of the road surface will also reduce road traffic noise. The scheme will promote growth in the local economy and local area by bringing forward developments in the Tees Valley area, supporting the government’s initiative for growth in the north-east.

Both carriageways will be widened to provide three traffic lanes. The existing speed limit of 70mph will be retained.

The existing section of concrete carriageway will be replaced with low-noise surfacing.

Any current public rights of way including footbridges and underpasses will either be maintained or replaced.

The additional lane in both directions provided between the junctions will help traffic joining or leaving the A19.

The aims of this scheme are to:

  • reduce congestion by increasing road capacity
  • significantly reduce traffic noise
  • reduce delays and improve journey reliability
  • make journeys safer by improving the standard and capacity of the road
  • support economic growth by assisting in bringing forward developments in the Tees Valley while supporting the government’s initiative for growth in the north-east

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Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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