Key Leeds routes will close again for major work

Work is continuing on the Leeds Inner Ring Road.
Work is continuing on the Leeds Inner Ring Road.
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Motorists in Leeds are being warned to expect delays as one of the city’s major routes will once again be closed for essential maintenance work.

The Inner Ring Road will be closed from March 20 to March 22 while repairs are carried out to the eastbound carriageway.

Motorists are also being warned the ring road eastbound at the Woodhouse Tunnel will close from March 27 until March 29 and from April 17 to April 19.

Work to the main arterial route through the city centre started in November 2013 as part of a £21m repair scheme to the road and its network of tunnels.

The works involve strengthening the tunnel walls and central pier to current standards.

Maintenance is also being carried out to repair the reinforced concrete which has deteriorated because of the effects of winter de-icing salt.

The westbound carriageway looks set to close over five weekends during the summer as part of the scheme.

Coun Richard Lewis, executive member for transport and economy, said it was “inevitable” that disruption would be caused because of the scale of the project.

He said: “Recent essential work has been carried out to maintain and upgrade the Westgate Footbridge crossing one of the key routes in and out of the city centre.

“This is in addition to further ongoing major work on the Leeds Inner Ring Road.

“This route is of huge importance to the economy of Leeds and the wider Leeds City Region as a whole so it’s vital that we keep it in good working order.

“Whilst it’s inevitable that a project of this scale will cause some disruption, we’re pleased that through proper management and planning, we’ve been able to keep that disruption to a minimum thus far.

“I would like to thank motorists for their patience during this phase of the work and through future parts of the project.”