North East motorists have been warned to set off early due to planned resurfacing works on the A19 overnight.

The A19 southbound will be resurfaced between the junctions with the A181 Wellfield Interchange and the A179 at Sheraton.

The work is starting tonight, April 2, for six weeks, weather permitting. 

The road will be closed overnight between 8pm and 6am the following morning, each night except for Saturdays.

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

A National Highways spokesperson said: "Motorists heading for the A19 southbound in this area should follow the signed diversion via the B1320 Burnhope Way, Surtees Road and Yoden Way to Horden.

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"They should then travel via the A1086 to the A179 and re-join the A19 at the Sheraton Interchange. 

"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."