The Dragonville roadworks in Durham have been going on since last September, and temporary traffic lights and road closures could be on the cards. So what are they building?

Why are the Dragonville roadworks happening?

Work began in September 2019 to reduce congestion caused by increasing amounts of traffic around the Dragonville Retail Park with an improved road layout and access to the new developments in the area.

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The work will create a continuous link between Renny's Lane and the A181. The route will follow the line of Damson Way with a new link road being built to connect to Renny's Lane in the north and a new junction between Damson Way and the A181 Sherburn Road to the south.

Where is it up to now?

This week, work has begun to create a new signalised junction linking Damson Way to the A181 Sherburn Road.

Work on the link road has been continuing, with new utilities installed and foundations laid for the road and footpaths.

Might there be disruption?

The works beginning this week will involve changes to the existing road layout, so temporary traffic lights will be installed to ensure the safety of road users and staff working on the site. Closures may be required as the work progresses and will be advertised in advance.

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When do the Dragonville roadworks finish?

The work is expected to be completed in the Spring.

Dave Wafer, strategic traffic manager at Durham County Council, said: "We will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum during the works and would like to thank members of the public for their patience."