Drivers are advised to plan their journeys around the A1 in North Yorkshire this weekend as the road will be closed for 16 hours in order to install 12 bridge beams weighing 26 tons at Agricola Bridge.
This planned closure of the A1 in North Yorkshire has been shortened and was originally advertised as a 30 hours closure.
The closure forms part of the ongoing improvement work on the A1 Leeming to Barton major scheme. The A1 will be closed in both directions between A1(M) Junction 51 (Leeming Bar) and the Scotch Corner junction from 7pm Saturday 28 March until 12 noon Sunday 29 March.
Martin Neal, Highways Agency project manager said:
This is an essential part of the upgrade work which will install 12 bridge beams which measure approximately 33m in length and weight up to 26 tons. The beams will widen the existing Agricola Bridge over the new southbound hard shoulder and lane one over the River Swale. We will also be installing drainage crossings, communication ducts and a crossover point in the central reservation.
We have been able to reprogram some of the originally planned work so that we can shorten the time the A1 has to be fully closed and reduce the impact of our essential work on drivers. During the closures we advise drivers to allow an extra 30 minutes for their journeys in the area and follow the clearly signed diversion routes.
When the closures are in force clearly signed diversion routes will be in place and drivers are asked to follow these rather than using satellite navigation systems as the planned diversions are suitable for all types of vehicles.
The northbound A1(M) and A1 will be fully closed between junction 50 (Baldersby) to Scotch Corner. The diversion will be via the A168 / A19 and A689. Northbound drivers will be diverted off the A1 at junction 49 and will rejoin at junction 60.
Travelers between the North East of England and Leeds will be diverted via the A168, A19 and A689. The southbound A1(M) and A1 will be fully closed between Scotch Corner and junction 51 (Leeming). The diversion will be from the A689 to A19 or A66(M) to A19. Please note the diversion begins at A1(M) junction 60 for journeys to or further south than A1(M) junction 49. There is no through southbound route from Scotch Corner junction to A1(M) junction 49.
Local diversions will also be in place to cater for traffic from Bedale and Catterick. Drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys.
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.
Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.