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Belmont roadworks project 'on schedule for Christmas finish'
COUNCIL chiefs say a major roadworks project is on schedule as it nears its half-way point.
Motorists have endured significant delays, particularly at peak times, since roadworks began at the Belmont Road entrance to Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham City, in late July.
At the time, Durham County Council said the work would last five months at most.
Asked for an update, Dave Wafer, the council’s traffic manager, today (Monday, September 23) said work was on schedule to be completed before Christmas.
Belmont Road, sometimes known as Broomside Lane, is being widened and a new bus bay created, with a new shelter, in a bid to cut congestion.
Further, traffic lights will be installed at the top of the A690 Belmont slip road.
Maintenance work on the A690 bridge, which the council describes as essential, is being carried out at the same time, in the hope of avoiding future disruption.
The bridge deck waterproofing has been completed and the slip roads resurfaced. Part of the road widening is also finished, along with some necessary utility diversions.
Over the coming weeks, further road widening will take place, plus more utility diversions.
While the work is taking place, Belmont Road eastbound is closed from the A690 to Belmont roundabout.
The A690 exit at Belmont is also closed, although vehicles may join the A690 at that point.
Diversions are in place through Gilesgate.
Mr Wafer said: “The improvements are being carried out to deal with the increase in traffic flow which will be generated as a result of future development within the business park.
“The completion of the works will remove a planning condition on further development of the business park and should help to pave the way for further job creation.”
Some people working on the industrial estate have complained of long delays, while others have said they represent short-term pain for long-term gain.
Mandale Commercial has planning permission to build an extra 37,000sq metres of offices, 4,000sq metres of storage space and 720 parking spaces on the estate, in a scheme worth up to £50m and 2,000 jobs.
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