NATIONAL Highways has announced that part of the A419 will close for two weekends in September.

The A419 will partially shut at the Highworth junction near Swindon while structural repairs take place to the bridge, which will include the replacement of bridge parapets.

The northbound carriageway will close at 8pm on Friday, September 1 until around 6am on Monday, September 4.

During this time period all northbound traffic will be diverted via the A420 White Hart roundabout and rejoin the A419 at the Turnpike junction.

In addition, the southbound carriageway will close at 8pm on Friday, September 22 until 6am on Monday, September 25.

For this closure the southbound diversion will see traffic leave the A419 at the Lady Lane junction and rejoin at the A420 White Hart roundabout.

Two-way traffic signals will be put on Highworth Road. 

Motorists have been advised to plan in advance and allow extra time for their journeys during these time periods.

Andrew Gale, National Highways’ service manager, said: “We appreciate roadworks can be frustrating but we’ve been working with both Swindon Borough Council and Swindon Town Football Club to ensure as little disruption as possible.

“We’ve been communicating with local businesses and communities, we’re keeping the closures to an absolute minimum and we thank all drivers in advance for their co-operation and patience while we carry out these essential works.”

Drivers can obtain up-to-the-minute travel information on local radio, the @HighwaysSWEST Twitter feed, by phoning the National Highways Information Line on 0300 123 5000 or by visiting its website.