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Last chance to have your say on New Tees crossing plans

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There is just one week to go for you to air your views over proposals for a New Tees Crossing, which will take pressure off the current A19 Tees Viaduct.

The public consultation on the two options, the likely preferred £200million-£250million Tees Viaduct Capacity Enhancement Option and the £300million Tees Viaduct Option, is set to end at 11.59pm on Friday 17 May 2019.

The first option would see a new two-lane bridge built parallel to the existing A19 viaduct to carry traffic travelling northbound and the existing structure widened to allow for an extra lane of southbound traffic. The alternative solution would be to construct a new four-lane bridge parallel to the existing A19 viaduct for north and southbound traffic.

A series of four events have taken place across Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees to get residents’ views on the plans but there are still a number of ways you can give your opinion.

Copies of the consultation documents are available across the five Local Authority boroughs and full materials will remain at Stockton’s Central Library until the consultation ends. A virtual consultation and online questionnaire is also available online on the Tees Valley Combined Authority website until it closes next week.

The preferred option will be announced in autumn and, following confirmation of Government funding, construction is set to take place from 2023 to 2027.

The Combined Authority’s Investment Director, Alison Fellows, said: “Congestion on the existing Tees Viaduct is a frustrating reality for thousands of the region’s commuters and residents, and these plans will make travel smoother, faster and better for drivers.

“The Combined Authority’s plans to transform the Tees Valley transport network are central to its drive to create jobs and boost the economy. This project is a huge plank in those ambitions and we need to get it right.

“We’ve had a great response so far, with hundreds of people accessing the consultation and returning questionnaires. But to make sure we’re considering every aspect of these options, it’s essential we engage with as many people as we can. I’d ask everyone to get in touch over the next week and give their views.”