A19 Testo’s junction

Testo’s roundabout is a major junction connecting the A19 with the A184 in South Tyneside. We will raise the A19 on a flyover and build new slip roads to connect it to the A184 via the Testo’s roundabout so through traffic on the A19 can free flow.

Start date Started
End date October - December 2021
Cost £91.1 million to £159.4 million

Latest updates

  • 04 December 2020

    A19 Testo’s improvement scheme – update December 2020

    Progress so far

    We have installed all the panels that will allow us to pour concrete to complete the bridge deck.

    We have built up the embankments which support the bridge. The earthworks need to settle over a period of a few months to ensure they are strong and stable.

    We’ve also completed the drainage at south pond.

    The drainage, kerbing and footpath work on the A184 is ongoing and nearing completion.

    All this with a net carbon saving of 14,000 tonnes.

    What’s next

     When the embankments are complete to the required height, there will be a period of settlement.  Once this is complete, we will then build up the road surface as it crosses over the bridge.

    Our work is being coordinated alongside the activities taking place at Downhill Lane.  We need to remove as many of the temporary restrictions from the junction as possible, as this will allow us to close the southbound entry slip road at Downhill Lane.

    Once this closure is in place, we can then continue with building the southern bridge at Downhill Lane.

    There will continue to be fencing, drainage and sign installation on-going at the same time.

    How are we working through Covid?

    We have worked on site all the way through the Covid restrictions. All our staff work socially distanced.

    We have some 300 workers on site every day.

    We are very pleased that finding safe ways to continue working means that we have not had to lay any staff off or place anyone on furlough. We are proud to be supporting the economy of the North East with the majority of our workforce and the companies we use for materials and vehicles being from the North of England.

    Considerate Constructors Excellence award

    Following a virtual inspection the A19 Testo’s project was awarded an ‘Excellence in Construction’ certificate by Considerate Constructors.

    The inspector commented: “The overall appearance of this large and exposed site remains impressive. The site is very visible to the public and presents an excellent image of the industry. It continues to be well organised with prominent signage throughout. The whole area was very clean and tidy. The traffic management is exemplary with regular reviews and changing priorities to maintain a constant flow of traffic.”

  • 25 September 2020

    The bridge is in place

    We’ve now finished installing the bridge structure and are working on creating the driving surface.

    The bridge is important to this project as it raises the A19 above the existing roundabout. When the scheme is complete, drivers will be able to drive along the A19 over this new bridge meaning they no longer have to stop at the existing junction.  

    Over the weekend of 26/27 September the following closures will be in place:

    • A19 northbound closed between Hylton and Testo’s.
    • A19 southbound lane closure only.
    • A184 westbound closure.

    Please be aware that closures can change, so visit our Traffic Information pages for the latest information.    

  • 26 August 2020

    Weekend closures for bridge beam installation

    We’ll be installing the new bridge over the A19 during September. The bridge is important to this project as it raises the A19 above the existing roundabout. When the scheme is complete, drivers will be able to drive along the A19 over this new bridge meaning they no longer have to stop at the existing junction.

    The bridge will be made from several huge steel beams These will be moved into place by a mobile crane, starting on Friday 4 September. 

    To complete the job as safely and quickly as possible well need to close the A19 for several weekends in September. The A19 will be fully closed, as well as the approaches to the junction along the A184 from 8pm on 4 September to 6am on Monday 7 September.

    It’ll also be closed: 

    • 18 to 21 September 
    • 25 to 27 September

    Clearly signed diversions will be in place.

    Northbound traffic will use the A1231 Sunderland Highway, A195, A194(M) and A194 Leam Lane, and the reverse route will be available for southbound traffic. There will be alternatives for non-motorway traffic and local residents accessing Boldon. 

    Please be aware that closures can change, so visit our Traffic Information pages for the latest information.

  • 01 August 2020

    Bridleway closed until end of the month

    We have completed building the support walls to retain earth and support the beams, while maintaining strict safeguarding measures, in line with Public Health England guidance, to prevent the spread of COVID19.

    The bridleway is now closed to the public – a clear diversion route is in place for walkers, horse riders and cyclists. It will reopen at the end of August 2020.

    We are preparing for the installation of beams and the bridge deck which is due to take place in September.

  • 26 May 2020

    Preparing to build the flyover

    Piling work has been completed at Testo’s roundabout, enabling contractors to build the support walls for the bridge.

    We have made good progress with earth work, drainage and fencing, while maintaining strict safeguarding measures, in line with Public Health England guidance, to prevent the spread of COVID19.

    Now we can turn our attention to building the support walls to retain earth and support the beams, before finally installing the beams themselves. Later this year the flyover will be in position and ready for the road to be built on it.

    Next we will start resurfacing work underneath Downhill Lane, which requires the removal of some of the temporary safety barrier. To do the job safely, there will be a full weekend closure of the northbound A19 between Hylton and Testo’s roundabout from 8pm on Friday (29 May) to 6am on Monday 1 June. This will be followed by overnight closures from 1 June to resurface the area and install new drainage.

     

  • 02 March 2020

    Two lanes open northbound and southbound

    Drivers can now use two new lanes on both the northbound and southbound sides of the roundabout, creating the room needed for work on building the flyover to go ahead. Southbound traffic is due to switch onto new lanes shortly.

    We’ve also completed the new link road from Downhill Lane to Testo’s roundabout and started the foundations for the flyover with more than 130 concrete piles.

    During the summer months we will be building the flyover to carry the A19 over the roundabout. To do this we have three separate stages – putting in the piers (central supports), building supporting walls to retain earth and support the beams, and then finally installing the beams themselves. By the end of the summer the flyover will be in position and ready for the road to be built on it.

    We have a programme of weekend closures planned for the rest of 2020. These closures will be signposted through electronic signs, media releases and use of our Twitter channel @HighwaysNEAST. We will use these closures to excavate the old carriageway and rebuild the road to the finished levels, as we prepare for these traffic changes.

Project information

Overview

Testo's junction suffers severe congestion at peak times, with delays of up to four minutes per vehicle. Traffic flows through the junction are expected to reach 83,400 vehicles every day by 2033. Our Testo's improvements aim to improve journey time (savings of around four minutes by 2036) and increase capacity.

We will also improve safety for all drivers, cyclists and horse riders.

We are raising the A19 carriageway to carry it above the existing roundabout.

Access to the junction to and from the raised A19 carriageway will be via new slip roads and access to the Downhill Lane junction will be provided via two parallel roads that link to the south facing slip roads.

The existing bridleway bridge to the north of Testo's junction has been removed and new routes through the junction will be provided for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. Two balancing ponds will be created, one at the south-east end of the scheme and one to the north-west.

The objectives of this scheme are to:

  • support economic growth
  • provide a safe and serviceable road network
  • provide a more free-flowing road network
  • improve the environment
  • provide an accessible and integrated road network

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Traffic information

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

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