A690 fully open again


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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.

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