MOTORISTS are being warned to expect major delays as nine roads are resurfaced this summer.

Some of the city’s busiest commuter routes, such as Leeds Road and Tong Street, are included in the £510,000 resurfacing programme.

Road closures and temporary traffic lights are likely to cause long delays and disruption, and highways chiefs are warning drivers to find alternative routes where they can.

The works will begin later this month and will carry on until September.

The roads to be resurfaced are:

- A650 Tong Street, Tong, at the junction with Bradford Road;

- A641 Huddersfield Road, Wyke, from Green Lane to Whitehall Road;

- Lilycroft Road, Manningham, from Toller Lane to Heaton Road;

- A647 Outbound on Leeds Road, Bradford, from Vicar Lane to Shipley Airedale Road;

- Duckworth Lane, Heaton, from St Leonards Road to Crow Tree Lane;

- A6177 Carlisle Road, Manningham, from Lumb Lane to Carlisle Place;

- A647 Leeds Road, Thornbury, at the junction with Killinghall Road;

- A650 Tong Street, Tong, at the junction with Weaverthorpe Road;

- Bradford Road, Clayton, from Green End to Deep Lane.

Signs giving details of the specific dates of work and any road closures will be put up in advance on each site.

Most of the resurfacing work will be done at weekends, but there will be some work during the week, transport bosses said.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s executive member for regeneration, planning and transport, said: “This work is important to keep our road network in good working order, but unfortunately it necessitates a degree of disruption to drivers.

“We recommend that they try to seek alternative routes wherever possible.”

The programme forms part of Bradford Council’s annual resurfacing work and is separate from a £1.45m Government-funded scheme of surface dressing which has been taking place across the district this spring and summer.

The surface dressing - a quicker and cheaper method than full resurfacing - has been organised by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and similar work is also being undertaken in Calderdale, Leeds, Wakefield, York, Rotherham, Doncaster and Kirklees.

Back in March, cyclists and motorists criticised the poor state of some of the district’s roads, after a report by the Asphalt Industry Alliance revealed that Yorkshire’s repairs backlog stands at £1.63bn.

But the Government refuted claims it was underfunding road repairs, saying it was giving the West Yorkshire Combined Authority more than £37 million to fix their roads in 2017-18.