MOTORISTS can expect disruption when a major route in and out of Hartlepool is closed until at least the end of the month.
The A178 Tees Road was damaged in the tidal surge last month, and since then work has been going on to make repairs and boost sea defences in the event of any similar weather conditions over the winter months.
The work is being carried out by the Environment Agency and officials say the work could take at least three weeks to complete.
Diversions are in place, directing drivers along Brenda Road onto the A689 heading out of Hartlepool and via the A19 and then A689 for any motorists coming into the town.
To help ease the expected disruption, roadworks which had been scheduled to take place on the A689 and Brenda Road have been put back, and will now commence once the Tees Road work is finalised.
The road was damaged on December 5 when freak storm conditions battered Hartlepool.
RAF helicopters were drafted in to move sea defence blocks from the sea front at Seaton Carew to the banks of Greatham Creek which had burst as a result of the weather.