Extension to A1 bridge works in Alnwick

The roadworks at the roundabout during the summer. 'Picture by Jane Coltman
The roadworks at the roundabout during the summer. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

Roadworks beneath the A1 bridge to the south of Alnwick are set to continue over the next two weeks.

In February this year, work to repair the A1 bridge to the south of the town began, leading to queues and tailbacks at the Willowburn roundabout.

The contraflow on the A1 trunk road itself ended prior to the August bank holiday weekend, but additional works beneath the bridge, on the A1068 with traffic lights governing access to the A1 southbound and the Shilbottle Road, continued.

According to an update in late June, this was due to be completed by the end of September, but a Highways England spokeswoman has told the Gazette that the work will now be completed on Friday, October 16, due to several delays which were put down to the complexity of the project.

The slip road under the bridge is also set to be the subject of further works – and further disruption – as a byproduct of the new McDonald’s next to the petrol station at Cawledge, which opened on Wednesday, September 23.

The fast-food giant has six months from that date to create a ghost right-turn lane (third lane) on the A1 slip road at the junction with the Shilbottle Road.