DRIVERS using the A66 around Keswick are being advised that overnight resurfacing over the next few weeks will close slip roads at the interchange with the A591.

The £116,000 Highways Agency project at Briery Interchange, north east of the town, will begin on Monday February 17 and should be completed Monday March 24.

Only the eastbound entry and exit slip roads will be affected by the work, which is being restricted to overnight periods between 8pm and 6am to minimise disruption to road users. The slip roads will also get new road markings.

Only one slip road will be closed at any one time with clearly-signed diversions in place. Drivers leaving the Keswick area from the A591 and seeking to join the eastbound A66 will be directed onto the westbound A66 instead and sent down to Crosthwaite roundabout, joining the eastbound A66 from there. Eastbound drivers seeking to leave the A66 at Briery Interchange will be need to leave at Crosthwaite roundabout instead.

Highways Agency project sponsor Peter Gee said: “This is routine work to keep the carriageway in good condition and to ensure that road users can continue to benefit from safe and smooth journeys.”