Work continues on Leeds bridge repair plan

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Motorists are being warned that roadworks are likely to continue this year on a key route through Leeds city centre.

Work is still on-going on the A58(M) as part of a multi-million pound bridge repair programme.

Motorists have faced months of disruption as repairs are taking place to the Woodhouse Tunnel, which runs below the University of Leeds and Leeds General Infirmary.

Improvements are also being made to the New York Road viaduct and Lovell Park Road bridge as part of the scheme.

Motorists are being warned that a signed diversion route will remain in place during the disruption.

Both carriageways on the road will continue to be closed, overnight, every Sunday to Thursday.

Work on the scheme started in November 2013 and it is expected to be completed later this year.

Areas of poor standard concrete on the walls are being repaired and work will be carried out to the centre piece.

A new 300 millimetre wide and four metre tall reinforced concrete wall will be attached in front of the existing structure.

Repairs will also be carried out to sections of the existing roof.

Coun Richard Lewis, executive member for development and the economy, earlier told the YEP: “The inner ring road has served the city well for nearly 50 years. But if we are to keep the traffic moving through the city in future we have to undertake major repairs to the inner ring road bridges now.

“In the short term there may be delays and inconvenience but we have to take the longer term view, for everybody’s benefit.

“We do apologise for the inconvenience and delays this may cause to local residents and commuters. However, we have done everything we can to reduce disruption by scheduling the work for nights and weekends and we will carry out this work as quickly as we can.”

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