New York Road Tunnel, located just outside the city centre and on Leeds inner ring road, will close to all vehicles on Monday 12 February until the autumn to enable essential maintenance of the New York Road Flyover.
Leeds City Council along with construction partner Balfour Beatty will carry out repair works and replace 27 bearings on New York Road Flyover. Bearing replacement on the flyover is a vital process, that whilst only completed generally every 25-50 years, is essential to ensure the serviceable life of the flyover is maintained and subsequently this section of the flyover can remain open in the long term.
Modern bridges are designed to make future bearing replacement straight forward. However older bridges, such as the New York Road Flyover, require substantial temporary works with heavy equipment including temporary foundations to support the bridge at each bearing. To maintain the structural integrity of the bridge the work needs to be phased and some structural components strengthened.
The council in planning the project has considered every effort to keep the tunnel open, however due the level of disruption to traffic flow, accident and breakdown risk in the tunnel and workforce safety concerns, the closure represents the most viable option.
Whilst the new scheme design will involve the tunnel closure, it will in turn ensure that traffic flows are maintained and therefore reduce the overall disruption.
With the tunnel closure the council aims to:
Minimise the impact on local residents as it avoids noisy night work.
Speed up the completion of the scheme by at least one month.
Improve safety for residents, bridge users, and the workforce on site.
Advance signage and notices will inform road users well in advance and during the closure. A full traffic management plan with signed diversions will be in place.
During the closure, pedestrians and cyclists can safely cross Marsh Lane under the flyover, managed by the on-site construction team.
Councillor Helen Hayden, Leeds City Council’s executive member for sustainable development and infrastructure, said:
“New York Road Flyover, like the work to Regent Steet bridge in 2020 is a strategic vehicle crossing used by thousands of people every day. The decision to close New York Road Tunnel to support these essential maintenance works was not taken lightly and was made after careful consideration of safety and potential network delays.
We apologise for any potential disruption and request road users' patience. The works are vital for the long-term maintenance of this crucial city infrastructure and for maintaining vehicle flow on the inner ring road.”
"We urge motorists to plan their journey in advance, follow the signed diversions, and allow a little extra time for their travel. A signed diversion route is available at www.leeds.gov.uk/planahead. Thank you for your understanding and patience.”