Roadworks to start on highway

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DRIVERS face roadworks in the run-up to Christmas.

A £720,000 Highways Agency (HA) maintenance project along the A1(M) in County Durham will get under way next month.

During the two-phase scheme, sections of the northbound carriageway between junctions 61 at Bowburn and 63 at Chester-le-Street will be resurfaced.

The first phase of the scheme will be taking place over four miles of carriageway between junctions 61 and 62 at Bowburn and Carville.

It will start on December 3 and is due to be completed by December 16.

There will be some overnight closures of the northbound carriageway, between 8pm and 6am.

A diversion will be in place, leaving the A1(M) at junction 61 and using the southbound and westbound A688 to join the northbound A167 up to junction 63, to rejoin the A1(M).

Work will be suspended over the Christmas and New Year holidays, and resumed with the second phase, between junctions 62 and 63, on January 14.

The work, along a six-mile stretch of the northbound carriageway, will be completed by January 27 and will also require overnight 8pm to 6am closures.

The same diversion will be in place.

HA project sponsor Steve Bishop said: “Anyone planning to use the A1(M) overnight when these works are taking place should allow extra time to complete their journey.”