A MAJOR Borders road is set to close in both directions next month for resurfacing works, officials have announced.

The A68 will be shut from 7.30pm to 6am each night the works take place.

On February 13-15, the road will be closed between the A699 at St Boswells and the A698 at Bonjedward.

A signed diversion route will be in place between via the A699 and the A698, adding an estimated 12 miles and 14 minutes to affected journeys.

On February 16-17 & 20, the A68 will shut between the A698 at Ancrum and the A6088 at the English border.

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A diversion, set to be in place via the A698 and the A6088, will add an estimated 10 miles and 15 minutes to affected journeys.

On February 21-22, the route will be closed in both directions between Millerhill junction on the A720 and Fordel Mains junction.

The diversion, via Sheriffhall Roundabout on the A720, the A6094 and the A6106, is estimated to add three miles and nine minutes to affected journeys.

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s south east network manager, said: “These surfacing improvements will help to address the defects on these sections of the A68 and will greatly improve the experience for motorists.

“It is essential for safety that we close the road during these works, however we’ve arranged for the project to take place overnight to minimise the impact.

“We thank motorists and the local community in advance for their patience and understanding. We’ll do all we can to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.”