TRAFFIC will be diverted while strengthening work begins on a weak culvert in east Durham later this month.

Demolition and replacement of the reinforced concrete culvert will take place at Brackenhill, on an unclassified road near Peterlee's South West Industrial Estate.

Work, which starts on January 13, is expected to take up to six weeks to complete.

Traffic will be diverted along the C15 road.

Cumbrian Industrials, one of Durham County Council's project partner group of companies, will carry out the £80,000 contract.

It is part of an on-going programme of strengthening works to accommodate 40-tonne European lorries.