St Mary’s Boulevard will be closed for five consecutive nights starting tonight (November 3).
The road will be closed 7pm to 5.30am each night. This is to complete carriageway resurfacing between Cumberland Street and the Wearmouth Southern Bridgehead roundabout.
The plans to refurbish the old Vaux Breweries site began in May 2013, with an £11 million investment to improve the area and make it more attractive and accessible to both residents and visitors.
Coun Melville Speding said: “This is a centre that is keeping up with Sunderland’s ambitions for both now and in the future, so there’s a lift and economic boost for everyone.”
The plans were to create a new public square and encourage new developments in the area. The original road has been moved to make space for the new square, causing road works for the past year.
Coun Speding also said: “These works are all about building and concentrating on more economic activity in our city centre.”
In conjunction with the demolishing of the leisure centre and two student bars next to The Bridges shopping centre, the public are looking forward to a renovated space in the city centre.
Jean Hanley, a 42-year-old resident, is enthusiastic about the new area. She said: “It’s been long-awaited and I think it will improve the city massively. The area has been wasted for too long and I hope it has been worth the wait.”
The public space will feature two artworks that celebrate the cities industrial heritage – The Keel Line, which is already in the process of being erected, and Propellers of the City.
The Living History North East Group are appealing to anyone with photographs of family members working in the shipyards to be used in the artworks. If you wish to contribute you can visit the group on Church Walk between 12pm and 4pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The work improving St Mary’s Way in Sunderland is due to come to an end in a couple of weeks.
More details can be found at www.sunderland.gov.uk/StMarysWalk