National Highways will soon be undertaking major resurfacing works on the A66 Westbound between the A1(M) Motorway known as Scotch Corner and Hartforth Junction

The A66 between Scotch Corner and Hartforth will be closed in part from July 1 for two months, or until the work are complete. 

Why are the works needed?

This section of A66 has been plagued by potholes and surface cracks for well over a year and now it’s time to fully resurface the worn out section of carriageway.

According to National Highways, the stretch of road will be closed in in stages to allow drivers to not be fully impacted by the roadworks on this key cross country corridor linking Teesside and North Yorkshire with Cumbria, M6 and South West Scotland.

What are the plans?

  • From Monday, July 1, National Highways are resurfacing the A66 westbound between Scotch Corner and Hartforth. This work will be carried out over around two months in total.
  • To carry this out safely, the A66 westbound will be closed on weeknights between 8pm and 6am. This work will be carried out in phases.
  • During the day, a temporary 50mph speed limit will remain in place.
  • Traffic travelling westbound will be diverted up to junction 58 of the A1(M) to use the A68, and A688 with additional signed diversions for HGVs to avoid the weight restriction in Barnard Castle at Abbey Bridge.
  • Signed diversions will be in place to maintain access for residents. 

Statement from National Highways

A spokesperson for National Highways said: “At this stage, the traffic management plans are still being finalised. We will share any changes and further updates via the National Highways: Yorkshire and North East web page, our X (Twitter) feed @HighwaysNEAST and the National Highways: North East Facebook page.”

How can I say updated on the current conditions?

Closures and works are weather permitting and maybe postponed or cancelled altogether for the latest information we recommend you follow @HighwaysNEAST on X (Formerly Twitter) or visit Traffic England

National Highways will also be utilising the Variable Message Signs located along the A1(M), A19 and A1 to alert drivers of delays and closures as well as their team of Traffic Officers.