Drivers are being warned of a planned closure of the A64 in North Yorkshire.

Essential maintenance on the A64 at Flixton Carr Bridge between Staxton and Seamer in North Yorkshire will ensure safer, smoother journeys for road users.

National Highways, formerly Highways England, will re-waterproof the bridge, replace the expansion joints which absorb its natural movement, resurface the carriageway and renew road markings and studs.

The work will be carried out 24/7 starting at 8PM on Friday 17 September and is due to be complete by 6AM on Monday 20 September, weather permitting.

Michael Hoult, National Highways project manager, said:

"Our work will make sure the carriageway is well maintained and protected from the weather which reduces the need for future roadworks in the area. We are doing it in term time after the school summer holidays, to reduce the impact on nearby tourist attractions and have worked closely with the local authority to devise a diversion route to minimise the impact of traffic on this rural community."

To carry out the work safely and efficiently, the A64 will be closed in both directions between Staxton and Seamer for the whole weekend.

Fully signed diversions, which have also been agreed with the police, will be in place using the A169, A170 and B1261. The diversion will increase travel time by up to 40 minutes so customers are advised to plan their journeys in advance to allow for extra travel time.

Some of the equipment being used during the work will be noisy but all efforts will be made to complete the noisiest part of the work before 11PM wherever possible.

The work is weather dependent and cannot be carried out in persistent rain. If wet weather halts progress the schedule will be rearranged and the road reopened as quickly as is safe and practical to do so.

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