Thursday, 16 October 2014

Reminder: Essential maintenance work to close Leeds Inner Ring Road starts tomorrow night (Friday)

Essential maintenance work to strengthen Westgate Footbridge along a section of Leeds Inner Ring Road will take place over two weekends starting tomorrow night (Friday).

Motorists are being warned to plan ahead as the A58(M) Leeds Inner Ring Road will be fully closed to traffic in both directions the weekends of Friday 17 October 2014 and Friday 31 October 2014.

The works are part of a programme of ongoing essential maintenance work to upgrade the Inner Ring Road and need to be carried out safely whilst part of the road is closed.

The first closure will start at 8pm on Friday 17 October 2014 and will finish at 6am on Monday 20 October. The next closure will start at 8pm on Friday 31 October 2014 and will finish at 6am on Monday 3 November 2014.

Westgate Footbridge is located west of Leeds city centre and carries a footway over the A58(M) Leeds Inner Ring Road. The council is proposing to strengthen the central reserve pier with associated upgrading of the safety fence, and the pier between the main A58(M) carriageway and the eastbound slip road.

The closures have been scheduled to avoid major city centre weekend events, where possible. An alternative signed route will be in place to help alleviate traffic congestion.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive member for transport and the economy, said:

“This is essential maintenance work which cannot be delayed and must be carried out safely, leaving no alternative other than to close the road. We understand that it will cause traffic disruption and have done everything possible to minimise the length of time taken for this work and give people advance notice so they can allow more time for their journeys.”

The extent of the closures will be between:-

Eastbound Traffic
The closure will be between the A58(M) exit slip at Wellington Street to slip road at Westgate point for Park lane.
Eastbound traffic will be diverted via West Street and the A58.

Westbound Traffic
The closure will be between the A653 Marsh Lane exit slip and the A58(M) junction with Wellington Street.
Westbound traffic will be diverted via the A653 Marsh Lane, the A61, The Calls, Swine gate, Wellington Street back to A58(M).

For information about bridges and highways structures and to download detailed documents about related works visit www.leeds.gov.uk/bridges

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For media enquiries, please contact:
Laura Ferris, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 39 50244
Email: laura.ferris@leeds.gov.uk