A690 fully open again
ONE LANE CLOSED FOR WEEK DUE TO OVERHANGING SNOW DANGERS
One of Wearside’s busiest roads has reopened after being partially closed by snow for a week.
The inside lane of the A690 has been closed at Houghton Cut since the weather system, dubbed the ‘Beast from the East’, brought chaos to the region’s roads at the beginning of the month.
Transport bosses had been concerned about the danger from falling snow, with deep drifts overhanging the road.
Now work to remove the temporary barriers has been completed to allow the road to reopen.
A Sunderland Council spokesman said: “The westbound carriageway of the A690 Durham Road at Houghton Cut will be fully reopened to traffic.
“The stretch of road had been closed between Friday, March 2,and Tuesday, March 6, due to the danger of overhanging snow falling onto the carriageway below.
“One lane has since remained closed, with barriers in place to protect passing motorists.
“But following a further inspection by highways engineers, both lanes of the Durham-bound carriageway will reopen to traffic.”
Coun Michael Mordey, Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “We’re delighted to be in a position to fully reopen the A690 at Houghton Cut.
“We would like to thank everyone for their patience.”
One lane of the A690 has been closed at Houghton Cut for the last week.