Roadworks on A17 in Saracen’s Head, Sutterton and Long Sutton to start on Wednesday

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Work to improve three sections of the A17 in Saracen’s Head, Sutterton and Long Sutton is to start tomorrow and go on for just over a week.

Highway engineers working for Lincolnshire County Council started “surface dressing” the A17 at two sites, one near Saracen’s Head and the other between Sutterton and Wigtoft last night.

To avoid disruption, the work is being done between 7pm and 6am from tomorrow (Wednesday) until Thursday, June 16.

The A17 at Saracen’s Head will be open to traffic, with traffic controls in place.

However, the road will be closed between Sutterton and Wigtoft, with diversions in place along the A16, A152 and A52.

A Lincolnshire County Council spokesman said: “We want to keep our roads in good condition so as to make sure they remain safe for motorists.

This is a busy route which has deteriorated through wear and tear and the surface dressing process waterproofs the road to prevent potholes forming, as well as providing a new, skid-resistant surface

A Lincolnshire County Council spokesman

“This is a busy route which has deteriorated through wear and tear and the surface dressing process waterproofs the road to prevent potholes forming, as well as providing a new, skid-resistant surface.

“It is a cost-effective way of maintaining our roads and extending 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 so as to minimise damage to vehicles.

“However, the road will be swept several times to complete the works which we expect to be done by Thursday, June 16, 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 their journeys.

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

Meanwhile, work is due to start on Thursday at the A17 near Long Sutton where, like Saracen’s Head, the road will be open under traffic light controls.”