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Published : 03/08/2012 00:00

Motorists warned of temporary closure of Leeds Inner Ring Road

The A58M Leeds Inner Ring Road is to be closed to traffic in both directions the weekend of Friday 10 August to Monday 13 August to allow the removal of the massive existing concrete beams as part of the essential major repair works to Lovell Park Road Bridge.

Lovell Park Road Bridge carries Lovell Park Road over the A58M Inner Ring Road near to the site of the Leeds Arena. Repair works started on the bridge on in June.

The works are currently progressing well and the existing beams are to be removed using a large crane that will be placed on the A58M Inner Ring Road next to the bridge.

The closure of the A58M Inner Ring Road in both directions will start at 8pm on Friday 10 August and will last until 5am on Monday 13 August.

Leeds City Council apologises for the disruption to traffic travelling through the city centre. These works may cause significant delays and people are advised to allow more time for their journeys.

The extent of the closures will be between:-

Eastbound Traffic:
The closure will be between the Woodhouse Lane exit slip and the North Street entry slip although Harrogate bound traffic will be permitted to continue to the Clay Pit Lane exit slip only.
Eastbound through traffic will be diverted via the Armley Gyratory, the A643 to the M621 Jnct 2, onto the M621 to Junct 4, onto the A61 towards York and East Leeds.
Local and City Centre traffic will be diverted via the A660, Woodhouse Lane, Merrion Way and North St.

Westbound Traffic:
The closure will be between the A653 Marsh Lane exit slip and the A58 Clay Pit Lane entry slip.
Westbound traffic will be diverted via the A653 Marsh Lane, the A61 (signposted towards the motorways), onto the M621 at Junct 4 and exiting at Junct 2, onto the A643 towards the Armley Gyratory.

A limited number of further closures of the A58M Inner Ring Road will be required to install the new concrete beams.

The bridge is being repaired as part of a major £25 million programme to restore three bridges on the Inner Ring Road. Repairs to the New York Road Viaduct are already underway and the final phase – to Woodhouse Tunnel - will begin in Spring 2013.

Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for development and the economy said:
“The Inner Ring Road is a vital part of the city’s transport system. More than 75,000 cars use it every day.

“It 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 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. We understand that this could add to journey times and cause some disruption to commuters and local residents, and I would like to thank them in advance for their understanding of these essential works.

“Meanwhile we have contacted local business and entertainment venues to make sure that they are aware of our plans and we do advise motorists to allow extra time for their journey – particularly on the weekends when the road will be closed.”

For full details of the dates, times and location of the closures together with the diversion routes for affected traffic see www.leeds.gov.uk .

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Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk