Drivers on Felling Bypass face 18 weeks of delays
Drivers are being warned of 18 weeks of delays as a £500,000 project to ease congestion on one of Tyneside's busiest routes gets under way.
Work begins to widen a 400m (1,311ft) stretch of the Felling Bypass in Gateshead on 15 October.
The scheme is aimed at improving traffic flow around the busy Black Bull junction at Lingey Lane.
Gateshead Council said drivers heading west on the bypass were likely to face "inevitable disruption".
Peak time congestion
Once complete the route will accommodate two lanes of traffic plus an additional bus lane.
A council spokesman said: "This project will see major improvements to the problematical traffic flows around this busy area.
"The junction sees significant peak time congestion and is also used by some of the busiest bus routes in the region.
"We appreciate that in the short-term there will inevitably be some disruption to drivers heading west along the Felling Bypass at peak periods.
"But at the end of these works we will have a much better system for all road users in the area, from pedestrians and cyclists to car users and bus passengers."