Major roundabout scheme to start on North Tyneside
Work to increase a major roundabout's capacity by an additional 1,200 vehicles per hour is due to start on North Tyneside.
Work at the A19/A1058 Silverlink roundabout will force some lanes and carriageways to shut.
The £2.8m scheme involves widening parts of the circulatory carriageway from three to four lanes and installing new traffic signal controls.
The A19 approaches will be widened from two lanes to four lanes.
The A1058 Coast Road eastbound exit slip road will be widened from two lanes to three lanes.
Pedestrian routes through the junction will be improved. There will also be drainage improvements, earthworks and utility diversions.
The Highways Agency said the works, which would start on Monday, would mainly take place overnight and during off peak hours.
However, at some points, daytime carriageway and lane closures may be required.
The agency said that for safety reasons a 50mph speed limit will be in place for the duration of the works.
Highways Agency project manager, Shaun Cullumbine, said: "This work will reduce congestion and improve safety at this important junction.
"The work is due to finish in summer 2011, ready for traffic using the new Tyne Crossing when both tunnels are opened in December 2011."