Motorists warned of traffic delays on Harehills lane and A64

Essential work to repair Shaftesbury footbridge in Harehills will begin on 10 September 2012.

Leeds City Council will be repairing the footbridge at the junction of Harehills Lane with the A64 York Road to stop further corrosion and to ensure the structure remains safe.

Works will include cleaning the bridge and painting the steelwork and also repairing the concrete columns and deck unit to ensure they remain safe.

The work will begin at the start of September and last for three to four months.

Some lane closures will be required to the A64 carriageway, and Harehills Lane will be closed at the junction with the A64 during the night between 8pm to 5:30am. During these closures, a diversion via Lupton Avenue will be signed.

Pedestrian access to the section of the footbridge over the A64 will remain available at all times, however, the section over Harehills Lane will have to be closed during the majority of the works.

During this closure, signs will be erected directing pedestrians to the nearest signal controlled pedestrian crossing point about 80m along Harehills Lane to the north.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for development said:

“It is important that we carry out this essential work to the footbridge to ensure safety for both pedestrians and drivers.

“I understand these repair works can prove frustrating for people but we will try to keep disruption to a minimum.

“I understand the preparation of the steel surface before it is painted could be noisy, so I would like to apologize for this in advance, and ensure people that we will endeavor to keep this noise to a minimum and make sure it is done speedily. “

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk