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Upgrade on Grade-II listed A1 viaduct in West Yorkshire begins

National Highways is due to begin a major programme of work on a landmark West Yorkshire viaduct today.

The work involves waterproofing and resurfacing on the Grade-II listed Wentbridge Viaduct which carries the A1 over the River Went.

National Highways project manager John Stebbing said: “These are essential works which will improve journeys on this important route and minimise disruption by reducing the number of works on this section of the A1 in the future.

“However, we do unfortunately expect some disruption while this is carried out. We apologise in advance to drivers and residents close to the work for disruption, and we thank them in advance for their patience.

“We also strongly advise people planning to travel in this area to plan their journeys in advance and allow more time to reach their destination.

“Please be assured that we are working hard to keep traffic on our motorway network as much as possible; however, in instances when traffic needs to be diverted on to local roads, we are asking drivers to follow the fully signposted diversions.”

Following the completion of the viaduct work, engineers will begin the replacement of the central pier at the nearby Wentedge Road Bridge along with the parapets, joints, and surfacing.

The carriageway will be temporarily re-aligned before the start of the main works to enable the replacement of the pier while keeping two open lanes of traffic in both directions.

The Wentbridge Viaduct work is expected to be complete by autumn, with the Wentedge Road Bridge scheme earmarked for completion in early 2024.

Preparations for the improvements began in early February and since then National Highways has been installing narrow lanes and upgrading the crossover points between Barnsdale Bar and Ferrybridge. This is to prepare for the contraflow which will be in place during the main works and enable the work to be carried out as safely as possible.

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