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Overnight surface dressing on A17 to start Wednesday, June 8

Surface dressing will be carried out overnight on three stretches of the A17, between Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 16 from 7pm until 6am each night.

The works will start on Wednesday, June 8 on two sites, near the Saracen's Head, and between Wigtoft and Sutterton. The Saracen's Head site will remain open to traffic although there will be traffic controls, and the Wigtoft/Sutterton works will be carried out under a road closure where a signed diversion will be in place via the A16, A152 and A52.  On Thursday, June 9, works will start on the A17 near Long Sutton - the A17 will remain open, with traffic control.

An LCC spokesperson said, "We want to keep our roads in good condition, to make sure they remain safe for motorists. This is a busy route and has deteriorated through wear and tear. The surface dressing process waterproofs the road to prevent potholes forming, and it also provides a new, skid-resistant surface. It's a cost effective way of maintaining our roads, and can extend their lives by up to 10 years.

"As part of surface-dressing, loose chippings may be left on the road for a short time, and drivers are requested to adhere to the 20mph speed limit to minimise damage to vehicles.  The road will be swept several times to complete the works, which we expect to be completed by Thursday 16 June, although all the works are weather dependant.

"The improvements will be carried out at night when traffic flows are much lighter, to keep disruption to a minimum, but drivers should allow extra time for journeys.

"During the closures, residents will still be able to access their properties, although there may be short delays."