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Urgent repairs to Blaydon Viaduct this weekend

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The eastbound carriageway of the A695 Blaydon Viaduct will be closed to traffic this weekend to allow Gateshead Council to carry out urgent road surface repairs.  

Recent heavy rainfall resulted in large pot-holes appearing in the carriageway of the eastbound viaduct and although these were quickly repaired the road surface soon failed again.  

Investigations by highways engineers revealed that the surface of the road was less than 100mm thick, and this was resulting in the wheel loads from vehicles squeezing the water within the road surface at such a pressure that the road was breaking loose from the bridge deck.  

When the eastbound carriageway was re-waterproofed in 2005, a special waterproof coat was applied to the bridge deck before the surfacing was laid. However, repeated repairs have now damaged this waterproofing, allowing water to seep into the concrete structure of the viaduct and this also needs to be repaired to prevent serious damage. 

This weekend's closure will allow the deck waterproofing to be repaired and a new road surface to be applied. These will provide a more durable repair, reduce the risk to the safety of road users and ensure the road is fit for purpose for the foreseeable future. 

The works are due to be carried out between 11pm on Friday 4 September and 6am Monday 7 September. The following weekend may also be affected if the works cannot be completed on time due to adverse weather. 

The works will be combined with other routine and reactive maintenance activities to minimise future traffic disruption. 

A signposted diversion route will be in place with vehicle users being diverted onto the slip road to Chain Bridge Road, over the level crossing, then re-joining the A695 Blaydon Highway eastbound carriageway.  

We apologise for any inconvenience these essential works may cause. 

road shot
03 September 2020

The eastbound carriageway of the A695 Blaydon Viaduct will be closed to traffic this weekend to allow Gateshead Council to carry out urgent road surface repairs.  

Recent heavy rainfall resulted in large pot-holes appearing in the carriageway of the eastbound viaduct and although these were quickly repaired the road surface soon failed again.  

Investigations by highways engineers revealed that the surface of the road was less than 100mm thick, and this was resulting in the wheel loads from vehicles squeezing the water within the road surface at such a pressure that the road was breaking loose from the bridge deck.  

When the eastbound carriageway was re-waterproofed in 2005, a special waterproof coat was applied to the bridge deck before the surfacing was laid. However, repeated repairs have now damaged this waterproofing, allowing water to seep into the concrete structure of the viaduct and this also needs to be repaired to prevent serious damage. 

This weekend's closure will allow the deck waterproofing to be repaired and a new road surface to be applied. These will provide a more durable repair, reduce the risk to the safety of road users and ensure the road is fit for purpose for the foreseeable future. 

The works are due to be carried out between 11pm on Friday 4 September and 6am Monday 7 September. The following weekend may also be affected if the works cannot be completed on time due to adverse weather. 

The works will be combined with other routine and reactive maintenance activities to minimise future traffic disruption. 

A signposted diversion route will be in place with vehicle users being diverted onto the slip road to Chain Bridge Road, over the level crossing, then re-joining the A695 Blaydon Highway eastbound carriageway.  

We apologise for any inconvenience these essential works may cause. 

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