MAJOR roadworks are to take place on the A1(M) causing delays for motorists.
A £1.9 million resurfacing scheme is to start on Friday and is expected to last for three weeks.
The works will affect a two-and-a-half mile stretch between junction 34, Blyth, and junction 35, Wadworth.
A contraflow system will be in place which is expected to lead to delays of around 30 minutes at peak times. Drivers are being encouraged to allow more time for their journey.
The Highways Agency said it was working closely with its contractors to minimise disruption - including lifting carriageway closures on a Friday when traffic flows are higher.
Drivers should be aware that:
•The contraflow will be in place 24/7 for three weeks from 8pm on Friday until 6am on Friday, December 9.
•In an effort to minimise delays, the contraflow will be lifted during the day on Fridays. This means that traffic will run on two lanes in both carriageways from 6am to 8pm on Friday, November 25 and December 2.
•There will also be a 50mph speed limit enforced by average speed cameras.
Tim Calvert, of the Highways Agency said: “This is essential work to address serious wear and tear on this busy stretch of motorway and ensure it is maintained in the best possible condition for all road users.
“We are making every effort to minimise delays, including lifting the roadworks during the day on a Friday when traffic flows are higher, but unfortunately it is just not possible to carry out work on this scale without causing some disruption.”