A417 Gloucestershire overnight closure could last months

A417 at Nettleton Bottom
Image caption The A417 is the busiest commuter route between Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

An 11-mile (18km) stretch of the A417 in Gloucestershire could be closed overnight for almost three months.

Both carriageways, from the Air Balloon roundabout to Cirencester, will be shut between 20:00-06:00 BST to allow crews to carry out re-surfacing work.

The Highways Agency said it was hoping to complete the work by the end of September but may not finish until November if the weather is poor.

A 22-mile (35km) diversion via Northleach will be in place.

A spokesperson said a full closure of the road would be required due to a lack of available diversion routes.

Local access for businesses will be made available.

In February, two Conservative MPs wrote to roads minister Mike Penning appealing for a section of the road between Cowley and the Crickley Hill to be upgraded.

Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and Tewkesbury MP Laurence Robertson said the single carriageway section was "one of the worst pinch points on the national road network".

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