Maintenance work on Leeds bridge gears up for next phase

by Liam Turner
An aerial photo of Leeds city centre

With the southern bridge section now finished, work to demolish and rebuild the northern bridge section of the Regent Street Flyover in Leeds is getting underway.

The bridge, which carries traffic over the A61 Regent Street, has been temporarily replaced by a contraflow, with traffic flowing in both directions on the eastbound carriageway of the A64(M).

As the project moves to its next phase, the two-way flow of traffic will be shifted to the westbound carriageway and on to the newly constructed southern bridge, with the eastbound carriageway closing to all traffic from North Street to Burmantofts Street.

The contraflow switch is expected to happen during night closures of the A64 and A64(M) Inner Ring Road between 4 May and 6 May between 8pm and 5.30am.

Following this, the A61 Regent Street, A64, and A64(M) Inner Ring Road will be closed from 9pm on 7 May till 5.30 am on 10 May for four consecutive weekends while the demolition of the northern bridge takes place.

The A64(M) westbound off-slips to the A61 Eastgate/Leeds Playhouse and North Street are expected to reopen by the end of May.

The infrastructure maintenance work on the bridge has progressed quickly since it began last summer.

The project is set to be fully completed by spring 2022.

Leeds City Council‘s chief officer for highways and transportation, Gary Bartlett, said: “This past year has been challenging, but I’m pleased to see that the programme is on schedule and we are now progressing to the next phase of this major project.

“We are in close conversation with businesses in the area to mitigate the impact of these road closures, and our contractors have worked to rejig the programme slightly so the diversions are in place for as little time as possible.”

Image: Leeds city centre. Credit: Duncan Cuthbertson/Shutterstock


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