ROAD WORKS start on the A166 in Stamford Bridge tonight, and the council behind the works is asking drivers to "bear with us" during the disruption.

The five week project will see a convoy system in place between 7pm and midnight on weeknights from Monday, February 5, while the road is resurfaced between the East Riding boundary just outside Stamford Bridge, and the A166 junction with St Edmunds.

A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said that most of the work will be carried out in the evenings while traffic is lighter and disruption can be kept to minimum, but minor operations like repairing gulleys and manhole covers may be done during the day.

Buttercrambe Road, Viking Road and Church Road will be closed when work is being done near those junctions, but only one will be closed on any given evening.

After the Stamford Bridge work is finished, work will then begin on Viking Road to replace the old concrete road and improve footways and kerbing.

It is all part of a larger improvement scheme for the A166, include resurfacing at Garrowby Hill and resurfacing west of Fridaythorpe and costing £1.9 million. Much of the funding is coming from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund.

East Riding's Cllr Symon Fraser said the improvements would bring major benefits for road users:

“I am delighted that this is another significant scheme for which we have been able to secure funding via a successful bid to the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund,” he added.

A council spokesman apologised for the inconvenience motorists would face and added: "We hope that road users will bear with us whilst we complete this very important project."