TRAFFIC will be diverted through Burton while a week of overnight repairs take place on the A38.
Motorists travelling towards the town face having a considerable amount of time added to their journeys while work is carried out on the southbound carriageway.
It will be closed between the Toyota island and the Clay Mills junction between 8pm and 6am from Monday, February 17, for a week, with traffic to be rerouted along the A50 and the A511, through Hatton and past Tutbury heading into Burton.
Workers will be carrying out bridge repairs at Egginton.
Highways chiefs said it was necessary to seal the stretch off to traffic while the work was ongoing for safety reasons, and that the repairs had been scheduled to take place overnight to avoid disrupting rush-hour traffic.
Motorists have been advised to bear the changes in mind when beginning their journeys.
Highways Agency project manager Colin Jackson said: “As our contractors will be working directly over the southbound carriageway it is necessary to close it for their safety as well as that of the travelling public.
“The work will be carried out at night to minimise disruption, although we advise road users to allow extra time for their journey.”
The work will be carried out between 8pm and 6am and is expected to start on Monday, February 17 and continue for four nights.
“Vehicles being used for police, fire brigade or ambulance purposes and vehicles being used in connection with the works will be exempt from the closure.”
The work signals the latest disruption facing motorists travelling on the A38 after the northbound and southbound slip road at the Clay Mills junction were closed overnight last month to allow for repairs to vehicle safety fences.
More information is available by calling Colin Jackson on 01216 788620.