A RESURFACING operation will force the closure of the A66 between Morton Palm and Little Burdon roundabouts for two weekends from May 10.

The Highways Agency repair work will take place from May 10 to 24 and will see a special membrane installed within the new surfacing to reduce the likelihood of the road cracking again.

The first weekend closure will begin at 8pm on Friday, May 10 and work will go on 24 hours a day until 6am on Monday, May 13.

The second weekend closure will be from 8pm on Friday, May 17 until 6am on Monday, May 20.

Weekday work will take place on Monday to Thursday evenings between 8pm and 6am.

While the closures are in place, traffic on the A66 travelling westbound will be diverted via Mill Lane and the A67 from Long Newton Interchange to Morton Palms and vice versa.

Traffic using the Darlington Eastern Transport Corridor and wishing to access the A66 and travel north will be diverted north at the McMullen Road junction and then via Haughton Road, joining the A66 at Little Burdon.

Southbound traffic from the Darlington Eastern Transport Corridor will be diverted via McMullen Road and A67 Yarm Road to join the A66 at Morton Palms.