WORK to improve the B660 Long Drove, Holme, for drivers and motorcyclists is set to start on Monday (August 8) – but it will involve drivers in a long diversion while the road is closed for up to two weeks.

Cambridgeshire County Council is resurfacing approximately a kilometre of the rural road to provide a new, safer surface for a road that provides a link from the B1040 to the A1 and other routes.

During the road closure, which is expected to last up to two weeks, Cambridgeshire County Council will make sure they have a representative on site at all times.

The signed diversion route will take traffic away from the B660 via Yaxley, Stanground, Pondersbridge and B1040.

To minimise disruption to residents and commuters, Cambridgeshire Highways will be using an innovative, cost-effective recycling process to rebuild the road, re-using the existing road material, which is broken up and remixed to provide a strong base. This is then covered by a new surface.

This technique reduces the number of deliveries to the site, giving the project a lower carbon footprint as well as being a much quicker and more efficient process in improving the road, the council said.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Steve Criswell, cabinet member for community infrastructure, said: "The works by Cambridgeshire Highways are delivering a new, safer road surface using efficient and environmentally-friendly techniques designed to complete the work quickly.

"For everyone's safety it is vital to close the road to protect the workforce and the travelling public. We are making every effort to ensure the works will be completed as soon as possible to reduce disruption."