Work to construct a triple decker roundabout in North Tyneside is underway.
Highways England contractors have been carrying out preparatory work such as clearing the roundabout of vegetation and creating a temporary road layout around the A19 Coast Road roundabout as part of the £75 million scheme.
Traffic is already using the new layout on the northern side of the roundabout which has to be in place so the workforce can work safely. After Christmas drivers will start using the new layout on the southern side.
Highways England project manager Julie Alexander said: “This is a great milestone in the project which will see work start on creating the third layer of the roundabout. This is a complex piece of engineering which has required some careful planning and once complete will bring real benefits for drivers in the North Tyneside area and to the wide economy.”