A major set of roadworks which has closed a 20-mile stretch of the A14 is set to finish this year. 

National Highways, which maintains the county's major road network, started the works between junction 47a for Haughley and junction 49 at Tothill, outside Stowmarket, in January last year as part of its plans to upgrade the road. 

The project, which costs about £37million, is expected to be completed in the summer, National Highways has said.

An exact date has not yet been announced. 

In October, National Highways announced that 16,500 tonnes of new asphalt road surface had been laid as the project reached the half way mark

A statement on National Highways' website said: "Our repairs will help improve the safety of the road surface, but it will also provide a smoother and quieter journey for road users. 

"Rather than repairing the potholes and cracking, the whole carriageway will be reconstructed and re-laid to ensure a smoother and safer ride.

"Once complete, we expect the life of the road surface to be extended by up to 40 more years, with fewer future closures for maintenance repairs, meaning more reliable journeys for road users."