Newport Bridge to close for seven weeks for £1.5m maintenance project

A 90-year-old Teesside bridge will be shutting down for summer while £1.5m of maintenance work is carried out.

Newport Bridge will be temporarily closing from Monday, July 8, and the work is expected to last for around seven weeks. The maintenance carried out by Balfour Beatty will include bridge joint and bearing replacement, new drainage channels, waterproofing and carriageway resurfacing.

Throughout the works, the A1032 from Newport roundabout to Portrack interchange will be closed to traffic. Pedestrian access will continue across the bridge. Signed traffic diversions will be in place, with access maintained for businesses only.

From the Portrack interchange, traffic should follow the signed diversion onto A19 southbound, exit to A66 eastbound for Middlesbrough, then exit A66 eastbound to Newport roundabout. Traffic from Newport roundabout will be signed via a reverse route.

The project, which in total will be costing around £1.5million, is a joint venture between Stockton Council and Middlesbrough Council. Reuben Kench, Stockton Council’s Director of Community Services, Environment and Culture, said: "Newport Bridge is an iconic structure and is now 90 years old, so it's little surprise that these maintenance works are required.

"We're sorry for any inconvenience the closure will cause for residents in our Borough and in Middlesbrough. Please stay tuned to our social media channels for any further updates on the works."

You can also find out more on the project by emailing htd@stockton.gov.uk.