COMMUTERS and motorists have welcomed the opening of a third lane on a major road by Teesside.
The £70 million A19 upgrade has been underway since March of last year and is set to be fully complete by the end of Autumn.
The work is being done to expand the road to three lanes in both directions in addition as resurfacing work.
The road became a bottleneck for commuters since work began as traffic was filtered into two lanes at 50 miles per hour.
Lanes on both sides were used as contraflow lanes and traffic sometimes backed up causing tailbacks.
Although work is nevertheless continuing, the northbound section of the road towards the Hartlepool junction with the A689 has now opened to three lanes as the nears completion.
This method traffic can flow more freely on the road once more with less queues likely.
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