THE closure of a key Middlesbrough road has been extended to allow for the completion of urgent repairs.

The southbound carriageway on Dixons Bank (A172) at the junction of Guisborough Road was subjected to a full road closure earlier today.

Traffic is being diverted along Guisborough Road, while northbound traffic is unaffected.

The carriageway will require longer to cure due to the volume of traffic that uses the area and to prevent the works carried out failing.

It is hoped the road will be re-opened by 7pm today (Tuesday, March 13).