A busy County Durham road is set to close overnight for six weeks for resurfacing works.

The A19 southbound will be resurfaced between the junctions with the A181 Wellfield Interchange and the A179 at Sheraton, with works beginning on April 2.

The road will be closed overnight between 8pm and 6am the following morning, each night except for Saturdays – and is expected to take six weeks to complete.

During the day, a 50mph speed limit will be in place.

National Highways Project Manager Michael Morgan said:  “We’re carrying out this work overnight, when traffic levels are at their lightest, to keep any disruption to a minimum.

“However, we do strongly advise anyone planning to travel on this route to allow extra time for their journeys and follow the signposted diversions – and not their satnavs.”  

Diversions have been signposted for motorists heading for the A19 southbound in this area at B1320 Burnhope Way, Surtees Road and Yoden Way to Horden.

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They have advised motorists to then travel via the A1086 to the A179 and re-join the A19 at the Sheraton Interchange. 

National Highways provides live traffic information here, as well as local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile apps.   

Updates are also shared via X, formerly known as Twitter, at @HighwaysNEAST. Providing they can do so safely, road users can also call the National Highways information line on 0300 123 5000 to keep up to date with road conditions.