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Latest News - Newcastle Chronicle Live August 2018
The journey could be about to get a lot smoother for drivers on the A69.
According to plans revealed by Highways England, motorists will be able to skip two roundabouts on the busy route between Newcastle and Carlisle.
The changes should speed up travel times after creating 18 miles of uninterrupted dual carriageway.
At the Bridge End junction for Hexham the upgraded road will run under the turn off.
While at Styford - next to Brockbushes farm shop and tearoom - the dual carriageway will fly over the roundabout for the A68 and Corbridge.
The £30m improvement is set to be ready by early 2020.
Highways England project manager Russell Mclean said: “The A69 is an important route between Newcastle and Carlisle which often sees delays at these two junctions.
“This £30m investment will mean drivers will be able to drive the 18 miles between Hexham and Newcastle without stopping at any junctions, improving journeys for drivers and reducing congestion.”
Government funding for the upgrade was confirmed in March 2017.
The money comes from a dedicated £220m pot Highways England schemes aimed at reducing congestion.
Drivers will see work to clear away greenery and move utility cables start later this year.
The main construction is due to begin in March 2019 and is expected to be finished by March 2020.
Both junctions will be built at the same time, incorporating new bridges as well as upgrading the existing roundabouts.
Material removed from the Bridge End underpass can be used on the Styford overbridge.
Two public drop-in events will be held next month for local communities to find out more about the plans.
These will be at Newton and Bywell Community Hall in Newton from 9am to 7pm on August 14 and at Acomb Village Hall in Acomb between 9am and 7pm on August 15.