Delays warning for motorists on vital Leeds road route

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Motorists have been told to brace themselves for disruption during weekend closures of a key Leeds road route.

A city centre stretch of the A58(M) Leeds Inner Ring Road will be shut in both directions over the weekends of October 18-19 and November 1-2.

Council bosses say the closures are needed so that “essential” maintenance work can be carried out on the Westgate footbridge over the route.

The shutdowns follow periods of disruption in 2012 and 2013 during repairs to other bridges in the area.

Leeds City Council’s Coun Richard Lewis 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.”

Council officials say the first closure will run from 8pm next Friday, October 17, to 6am the following Monday.

The second will last from 8pm on Friday, October 31, to 6am the following Monday.

During those times, the inner ring road will be shut eastbound between the A58(M) exit slip at Wellington Street and the slip at Westgate Point for Park Lane.

Eastbound traffic will be diverted via West Street and the A58.

The ring road will be closed westbound between the Marsh Lane exit slip and the A58(M) junction with Wellington Street.

A diversionary route will take westbound traffic through the city centre via Marsh Lane, The Calls, Swinegate and Wellington Street.

The council says the closure dates were picked to avoid clashes with major events in the middle of Leeds.

Work on the Westgate footbridge will see its central reserve pier being strengthened and safety fence upgraded.

Improvements to the New York Road Viaduct over Marsh Lane were completed in 2012.

Repairs at the inner ring road’s Lovell Park Road Bridge, near the First Direct Arena, were finished in March last year.

Further repairs are currently being carried out to the Woodhouse Tunnel, which runs below the University of Leeds and Leeds General Infirmary.

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