The A182 begins on the A194 motorway between Gateshead and Washington, England. Though it is a non-primary route it takes the form of a fast grade-separated dual carriageway passing through the New town of Washington from the A194, before meeting at a roundabout with the A183 in Shiney Row. During this dual carriage way section, the several interchanges take the form of slip roads - apart from the unique design at Mount Pleasant, the new roundabout designed to slow traffic at Biddick Woods and Shiney Row.
The small section between Washington Town Centre and Mount Pleasant has seen numerous accidents owing to the high number of slip roads with short run ups and a sharp bend prior to the Mount Pleasant interchange. Perhaps the most notable incident was in the early 1990s when a young girl was killed when the car she was passenger in was involved in a crash with an unknown car which left the scene. Despite a high-profile police involvement, no charges were ever made.
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