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July
2013
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Roadwork schemes given summer green light




A series of roadwork schemes are to be carried out in Leeds over the coming weeks to take advantage of the school summer holidays.



Leeds City Council has received a number of requests from various companies and organisations asking to carry out major maintenance schemes to utilities, roads and bridges across the city.



The works are now to be carried out while the schools are closed when traffic flows are considerably lower as a result. The works have been planned and co-ordinated to ensure suitable alternative routes are available while they are being carried out.



The programme includes gas main replacements on the A64 York Road in Burmantofts, East Parade in the city centre and Selby Road in Halton. Water mains are to be replaced at King Lane in Moortown, Tong Road in Farnley and Adel Lane in Adel.



Bridge works are to be carried out on New York Road, Billams Hill in Otley, New York Road and Bridge Road in Kirkstall, while electricity works are to take place at Wakefield Road in Oulton.



In addition to these, highway maintenance is to take place on Selby Road in Swillington and Elland Road and Victoria Road and in Churwell.



All of the works have either started or will start shortly, with their completion by or in the first week of September when the schools reopen.



Leeds City Council executive member for the economy and development Councillor Richard Lewis said:



“In a city the size of Leeds there is never an ideal time to have to close roads or cause disruption to road users but these works are essential so a lot of planning has gone into these improvements being carried when they can cause the least amount of problems.



“Over 30,000 roadworks project are carried out across the city each year so some frustration is unfortunately inevitable, but I would ask road users for their co-operation and understanding while these works take place.”



Further details about these schemes and associated works can be found at www.roadworks.org or www.leeds.gov.uk/streetworks



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