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12 April 2013, 06:00
A section of one of the busiest roads into Cambridge will be closed all weekend.
Repair work costing £500,000 is being done along East Road.
The road is to be resurfaced between the Parkside / Mill Road junction and St Matthew's Street.
That section of East Road will be closed from 8pm tonight (Friday) until 6am on Monday.
No vehicles will be allowed through the roadworks area during that time, apart from emergency services vehicles if necessary.
Cambridgeshire County Council says 'extensive damage has been caused to the surface by the volume and weight of traffic using the road and other recent work in the area has also left the road surface in less than good condition.'
There was disruption to traffic on East Road for nearly three months last year, when sections of the road were dug up to allow underground gas pipes to be repaired.
A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council said: "East Road is a major artery serving the centre of Cambridge and for through traffic, including heavy goods vehicles making deliveries to shops, warehouses and the two Universities in Cambridge.
The high volume and nature of the traffic has caused considerable wear to the road surface. In addition, other repair work in the road was also recently carried out and work to provide services to new and existing buildings has been necessary in recent years.
The traffic and other work means that the road surface is now in need of repair and the County Council will be carrying out the work in one go, rather than prolonging the disruption for a longer period."
The Council also adds that Police officers will be on duty to enforce the closure if necessary, bus stops along East Road will be temporarily relocated but pedestrians will still be able to walk along the road's footpaths.