A453 to close to all traffic
THE A453 is to shut overnight in both directions for four weeks.
The road will close between junction 24 of the M1 and the Crusader island near Clifton for resurfacing work.
It comes ahead of the multi-million pound widening of the road, which is set to start in the next three years.
The announcement of the overnight closure has led to fears of traffic chaos, with large lorries travelling through villages from 8pm to 5.30am.
The work will start on Sunday, January 22, and is expected to be completed by February 20, if the weather stays fine.
The Highways Agency says the work will be done overnight to keep congestion to a minimum.
While the work takes place, the main diversions will be set up to and from Nottingham along the M1 and A52 near Stapleford.
But there will also be local diversions for traffic, including HGVs from the power station, via villages such as Gotham, Bunny and Rempstone.
Colin Raynor, who lives in Gotham, says lorries travelling through the villages at night would be dangerous.
He said: "The night-time rat run through Gotham caused by this unnecessary work will lead to major safety concerns for villagers."
A spokesman for the AA said it was important lorries stuck to the main diversion routes for safety reasons.
The Highways Agency says the £1.68 million work is necessary because the current road will remain open while the widening project is done. A spokesman said: "The road surface is currently showing significant signs of fatigue, which if not addressed are likely to result in increasingly frequent and more severe surface failures."
John Dowson, of the Derbyshire and Notts Chamber of Commerce, called for the disruption to be kept to a minimum so it would not affect businesses,
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