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Second weekend closure for Redheugh Bridge this weekend

Shot of bridge from below

Major repair works to the structure of the Redheugh Bridge will continue this weekend with the bridge closed to all traffic throughout the weekend.

Work to replace the four major expansion joints on the Redheugh Bridge has meant the whole bridge has to close to all traffic as removing the joints will leave substantial gaps in the carriageway.

The first bridge closure was from 8.00pm on Friday February 14 until 6.00am Monday February 17 and passed off without incident despite poor weather. Two of the bridge's four joints were replaced and the road re-opened ten hours early on the Sunday evening.

Now, the final two joints are set to be replaced with the bridge due to close for a second and final time at 8.00pm on Friday February 21 and re-opening by 6.00am on Monday February 24.

During the closures, motorists will be diverted over the Tyne Bridge which may increase journey times.

Pedestrians will be able to use the existing footway though there may be temporary diversions.

The works had been specifically planned to avoid the Chinese New Year celebrations on January 26 and to avoid Newcastle United home games. However, work was delayed for a week after the arrival of Storm Ciara meant it would be too dangerous for work to proceed.

The contractor will be employing six gangs to ensure 24 hour operation at two locations on the bridge throughout the weekend.

The bridge's expansion joints were last replaced in 2004 and recent inspections showed that the expansion joints have now come to the end of their serviceable life. The bridge carries the A189 over the River Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead.

Routine and planned maintenance of the Redheugh Bridge is also being carried out during the closures to minimise future traffic disruption. As some of the works are being undertaken at night it is likely there will be some noise disturbance to nearby premises, though efforts will be made to minimise this as far as possible.

Gateshead Council apologises for any inconvenience these essential works will cause.

Shot of bridge from below
20 February 2020

Major repair works to the structure of the Redheugh Bridge will continue this weekend with the bridge closed to all traffic throughout the weekend.

Work to replace the four major expansion joints on the Redheugh Bridge has meant the whole bridge has to close to all traffic as removing the joints will leave substantial gaps in the carriageway.

The first bridge closure was from 8.00pm on Friday February 14 until 6.00am Monday February 17 and passed off without incident despite poor weather. Two of the bridge's four joints were replaced and the road re-opened ten hours early on the Sunday evening.

Now, the final two joints are set to be replaced with the bridge due to close for a second and final time at 8.00pm on Friday February 21 and re-opening by 6.00am on Monday February 24.

During the closures, motorists will be diverted over the Tyne Bridge which may increase journey times.

Pedestrians will be able to use the existing footway though there may be temporary diversions.

The works had been specifically planned to avoid the Chinese New Year celebrations on January 26 and to avoid Newcastle United home games. However, work was delayed for a week after the arrival of Storm Ciara meant it would be too dangerous for work to proceed.

The contractor will be employing six gangs to ensure 24 hour operation at two locations on the bridge throughout the weekend.

The bridge's expansion joints were last replaced in 2004 and recent inspections showed that the expansion joints have now come to the end of their serviceable life. The bridge carries the A189 over the River Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead.

Routine and planned maintenance of the Redheugh Bridge is also being carried out during the closures to minimise future traffic disruption. As some of the works are being undertaken at night it is likely there will be some noise disturbance to nearby premises, though efforts will be made to minimise this as far as possible.

Gateshead Council apologises for any inconvenience these essential works will cause.

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