Phase two of A1 bridge works at Alnwick

Similar works took place in 2010/11.
Similar works took place in 2010/11.

A change in the road-closure arrangements at the A1 bridge to the south of Alnwick will take place next month, with the dual carriageway due to open again ahead of the bank-holiday weekend in August.

A letter from the Highways Agency’s contractor A-One+ has gone out to residents today to inform them of the proposed start of phase two of the works to repair the concrete supports of the almost 50-year-old bridge.

The change-over will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 7 and 8, with the southbound carriageway closed between 8pm and 6am on the Tuesday night and the northbound carriageway between 8pm and 6am on the Wednesday night. Diversions will be in place.

From Wednesday, July 8, the access onto the A1 will change. Switching from the current arrangements, traffic will be able to access the A1 southbound, but not northbound, at the Alnwick South interchange. Motorists will continue to be able to exit the A1 into Alnwick in both directions.

The road under the bridge will continue to be single lane only controlled by traffic lights, but the work will be switching to the other side, necessitating a full closure from 8pm to 6am on the night of Wednesday, July 8.

The A1 is still scheduled to reopen on Friday, August 28, with remaining works, affecting the slip road under the bridge and the Shilbottle road, set to be complete by the end of September.