DRIVERS are being urged to prepare for potential delays ahead of two months of roadworks on the A50.
The Highways Agency has confirmed that series of closures will be taking place along the busy road from June.
For eight weeks, the A50 will be closed overnight in both directions between the Toyota roundabout and the A516 at Hilton.
The closures will be between 8pm and 5am, with work scheduled to start on June 2.
In addition, the sliproad that leads from the A50 westbound to the Toyota roundabout – which takes traffic to the A38 and Willington – will be closed every night for three weeks, also from June 2 and between 8pm and 5am.
A 50mph speed limit will be put in place in the run-up to the junction while the works take place.
The decision has been made to close the roads as part of efforts to undertake ‘resurfacing work and general maintenance’.
A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: “The closures are to enable resurfacing and general maintenance.
“Diversion routes will be well signed and full information can be found on the agency website.”
Highways chiefs also urged drivers to help reduce the risks posed to those working on the roads.
They have released a series of ‘top tips’ in a bid to keep workers from harm.
Drivers are urged when approaching roadworks to:
l Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety;
l Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching;
l Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks;
l Be alert for works traffic leaving or entering roadworks;
l Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front;
l Observe all signs – they are there to help you; and
l Be alert for road workers – the roads are their workplace.
Emergency vehicles will be exempt from both the closures and speed limit restrictions.
Anyone who has any queries about the project is urged to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 123 5000.
It has also been revealed that a temporary 30mph speed limit is being put in place in Catton Road, Catton, from May 20 to allow for road improvements.