Leeds inner ring road closed this weekend

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Part of Leeds Inner Ring Road will be closed this evening to traffic in both directions.

Leeds City Council are urging drivers to plan ahead as the A58(M) closes for maintenance to strengthen the Westgate footbridge.

The works are part of a programme of ongoing essential maintenance work to upgrade the Inner Ring Road.

The first closure will start at 8pm tonight and finish at 6am on Monday.

The following weekend will see the road closed between 8pm on Friday October 31 and 6am on Monday November 3.

The council plans to strengthen the central reserve pier, and upgrade the safety fence and pier between the main carriageway and the eastbound slip road.

An alternative signed route will be in place to help alleviate traffic congestion.

Coun Richard Lewis, executive member for transport and the economy, said: “This is essential maintenance work which cannot be delayed and must be carried out safely, leaving no alternative.

“We understand that it will cause traffic disruption and have done everything possible to minimise the length of time taken for this work and give people advance notice so they can allow more time for their journeys.”

Going eastbound, the closure will affect the exit slip at Wellington Street to the slip road at Westgate point for Park lane.

Traffic will be diverted via West Street and the A58.

Travelling westbound, the A653 Marsh Lane exit slip and the A58(M)junction with Wellington Street will also be closed.

Traffic will be diverted via the A653 Marsh Lane, the A61, The Calls, Swine gate, Wellington Street and back to A58(M).